BY TYLER BYRUM, @theTylerByrum
Maryland's leader for the past three years, has announced that he will forgo his senior season with the program to enter the 2017 NBA Draft.
Ever since Melo Trimble was a freshman he was an instant impact for the Terrapins, helping guide the team to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in four seasons. Since then, the 6'3" guard has lead the team to two more NCAA appearances, making it three straight, as 79 wins.
In 2016, the team advanced to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since the 2002-03 season. During that tournament run, Trimble brought in 18 points a contest, including 17 points against Kansas in a loss.
Despite much speculation to enter the draft following that season, Trimble returned for his junior year.
Throughout his Maryland career he averaged 15.9 points and earned AP All-American Honorable Mention the past two years. He is one of four Maryland players to record 1,600 points, 400 assists, and 150 steals.
If drafted, Trimble will be the 65th player in Maryland history to hear his named called per basketball-reference. The last Terp to be drafted in the first round was Alex Len to the Phoenix Suns in 2013.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Jalen Smith had 15 points and a career-high 16 rebounds as No. 3 Maryland cruised to a 72-51 victory over Notre Dame on Wednesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
Eric Ayala scored 14 points and Aaron Wiggins added 11 for the Terrapins (9-0), who are off to their best start since winning 10 in a row to open the 1998-99 season.
John Mooney had 17 points and 12 rebounds for Notre Dame (6-2), which had won six in a row since opening the season with a loss at North Carolina.
It took some time for the Terps' offense to get going, but their defense was sharp for nearly the entire first half. After falling behind 9-4, Maryland allowed just four points over the next 12:31.
Ayala scored seven points in a row to turn a one-point game into a 21-13 lead, and later delivered a tomahawk slam a minute before the break. Aaron Wiggins capped the half by getting the carom from his missed 3-pointer and slamming it home for a 32-20 lead.
Notre Dame never cut the deficit to less than 10 in the second half as Maryland snapped a six-game skid in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, a streak that began when the Terps were still in the ACC.
Smith recorded his fifth double-double of the season, matching his total from all of last season.
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The Maryland Terrapins, like they have many times in the Mark Turgeon era, started off slow Wednesday night against Notre Dame.
But the Terps closed the first half by making eight of their final nine shots, including two very emphatic dunks.
The first came from sophomore Eric Ayala, who took the lead pass from forward Jalen Smith following a turnover and finished with a right-hand tomahawk.
The latter came from guard Aaron Wiggins. The sophomore attempted a three-point shot with just a handful of seconds remaining in the half, but realized his shot was off as soon as his feet hit the floor.
Likely making his AAU coach happy, Wiggins followed his shot perfectly, grabbed the rebound and threw down the putback dunk just a couple of seconds before time expired, giving the Terps a 12-point lead at the break.
If the No. 3 Terps can hang on to their lead, it will be Maryland's first time starting 9-0 in around two decades.
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