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Maryland's Melo Trimble named AP Honorable Mention for second straight season

Maryland's Melo Trimble named AP Honorable Mention for second straight season

BY TYLER BYRUM, @theTylerByrum

On Tuesday afternoon, the Associated Press released their annual All-American Team honors to the best men's basketball players in Division I. No surprise, Frank Mason III (Kansas) and Josh Hart (Villanova) were the top two vote getters.

The farther you go down the list you find a familar name, Melo Trimble.

The Maryland guard was named as an honorable mention to the All-American Teams for the second straight season. In 2015, he was named and Second Team All-American by Sporting News.

Averaging 16.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 3.7 assists, the junior was one of the elite guards in not only the Big Ten conference, but in the entire country. The conference recognized Trimble earlier this season with a unanimus Big Ten First Team selection. 

This season, with the team finishing similar to last year, the flashy Trimble always found himself taking the big shot while also holding steady to his career averages. Sharing the spotlight with freshman guard, Anthony Cowan Jr., Trimble was able to be more of a playmaker than a facilitator compared to seasons past.

As Maryland's leader for the past three seasons, he has helped carry the Terps to their three most successful seasons in the Mark Turegon era.

Once again, for the third straight season, it will be a huge offeseason question if Trimble wants to enter the NBA Draft. 

Another local player, Markell Fultz, from DeMatha Catholic High School was named to the AP Third Team after his standout freshman season with the Washington Huskies.

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First Team

·       Frank Mason III, Kansas (65 first-place votes, 325 points).

·       Josh Hart, Villanova (62, 319).

·       Caleb Swanigan, Purdue (61, 308).

·       Lonzo Ball, UCLA (54, 296).

·       Justin Jackson, North Carolina (24, 223).

Second Team

·       Nigel Williams-Goss, Gonzaga (13, 191).

·       Luke Kennard, Duke (10, 189).

·       Malik Monk, Kentucky (7, 165).

·       Dillon Brooks, Oregon (15, 152).

·       Johnathan Motley, Baylor (4, 143).

Third Team

·       Josh Jackson, Kansas (1, 96).

·       Markelle Fultz, Washington (3, 74).

·       Bonzie Colson, Notre Dame (1, 70).

·       Ethan Happ, Wisconsin (1, 66).

·       Lauri Markkanen, Arizona (1, 50).

See full AP All-American breakdown

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Maryland gets great news as Anthony Cowan Jr. withdraws from NBA Draft to return for senior season

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Maryland gets great news as Anthony Cowan Jr. withdraws from NBA Draft to return for senior season

Anthony Cowan Jr. announced that he will return to Maryland basketball for his senior season after testing the NBA Draft waters.

Cowan, a local product out of St. John's College High School, has started every game at Maryland for the past three seasons. The point guard has led the Terps in scoring and assists the past two years, most recently helping the team to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament. 

His return will be a huge boost to the Terrapins after big-man Bruno Fernando decided to forgo his eligibility for his final two seasons in College Park for the NBA Draft. Including Cowan, the team returns seven of its top eight scorers for the 2019-20 season and will be one of the more experienced squads in the nation.

With Cowan staying at Maryland, NBC Sports' Rob Dauster says that the Terps will be a potential top-five team entering the season.

His decision came hours before Wednesday's NBA draft withdrawal deadline. Earlier on the same day, he worked out for the Sacramento Kings, according to Baltimore Sun reporter Don Markus.

While Cowan has shown an impressive ability to lead his team in his three years, he was not a projected pick for the 2019 NBA draft. It's another year for the senior to display his ability, and lead a talented team to national prominence after he only scored 20 points in two NCAA Tournament games last year. 

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Maryland's Darnell Savage signs rookie contract with Green Bay Packers

Maryland's Darnell Savage signs rookie contract with Green Bay Packers

Darnell Savage is the third NFL draft prospect profiled in our series ‘I Am the Prospect’. Download the MyTeams App for all three features.

Darnell Savage Jr. spent four seasons wowing fans in College Park as a defensive star for the Maryland Terrapins, and in April he found out he’ll be taking his talents to Wisconsin after being selected in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers.

Now, his future in Green Bay is officially official.

As Schefter mentions, Savage is the first first-rounder to sign a contract in 2019. It will be the standard length of first-round draft picks, going four years guaranteed with a fifth-year option. Reports are that the speedy, hard-hitting safety will earn $12.5 million over the first four seasons of the contract.

There were some questions about Savage’s fit in an NFL defensive backfield, given his size. But he is an athletic player with great instincts for the ball, and his statistics were thoroughly impressive the last two seasons in college. The Packers certainly believed he would be a terrific fit in their defense, considering they traded up to the 21st pick in order to make the selection.

Savage should have a great opportunity to start early in Green Bay, and now that he’s signed his contract so early, he’ll be able to get to work sooner rather than later. Knowing Savage, that’s just the way he wants it.

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