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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's Kevin Huerter surprises at 2018 NBA Combine

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Maryland's Kevin Huerter surprises at 2018 NBA Combine

Going into the 2018 NBA Combine, Kevin Huerter was not receiving much hype, was off many NBA Draft boards, and many assumed he was heading back to college anyways.

Playing in the first scrimmage of the combine process, all those storylines quickly changed.

Playing against players like Jacob Evans, Donte DiVincenzo, Udoka Azubuike, and Jevon Carter, Huerter emerged as one of the top stars. The two-year Maryland spot-up shooter saw 25 minutes of action and only trailed Penn State prospect Tony Carr in points on his squad.

With 14 points (5-11 FG, 3-8 three-pointers), Huerter showed development since he was last seen with the Terps. His passing was the biggest asset for his team and was not afraid to take a shot against these top defenders.  The 6-7 forward also added three rebounds, an assist, and had only one turnover.

Although his shooting in-game was not fantastic, in the individual drills he showed off.  Of the seven shooting marks, he ranked in the top five in five of them.  He also had the best shuttle run (2.96 seconds).

No question, Huerter’s draft stock significantly rose. Although still early, he is looking to be the highest rated Terp prospect this year over Justin Jackson and Bruno Fernando.

Consensus among those at the NBA Combine seems to believe that Huerter will return for his junior season at Maryland.

After today though, it may be hard to say no.

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Panthers' first-round pick D.J. Moore visits Maryland with his new puppy

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Panthers' first-round pick D.J. Moore visits Maryland with his new puppy

D.J. Moore has an adorable new puppy!

Days after the Carolina Panthers selected Moore as the No. 24 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the former Maryland wide receiver returned to his roots and paid a visit to College Park.

But the first-rounder wasn’t alone when he went to Maryland. According to the Terps’ football Twitter account, he brought his new puppy with him. Seriously, look at this puppy!

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The Big Ten Receiver of the Year in 2017, Moore was obviously a crucial component of the Terps’ offense. He finished the season with 80 catches — a Maryland single-season record, which was also a Big Ten high.

He declared for the NFL Draft after his junior season with Maryland.

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