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Terps' Melo Trimble named one of 10 finalists for Bob Cousy Award

Terps' Melo Trimble named one of 10 finalists for Bob Cousy Award

Whether or not Maryland guard Melo Trimble will hear his name called during the NBA Draft is a matter of fierce debate.

But one thing is for sure: The junior is one of the top ten point guards in the country.

Trimble, who opted against the NBA Draft after his freshman season and saw his draft stock plummet during his sophomore campaign, is leading the way for the No. 17 Terrapins (17-2, 7-1) to the top of the Big Ten standings. Averaging 17.9 ppg on 45 percent shooting, Trimble is being recognized by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as one of the ten finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, which goes to the top point guard in the country.

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Trimble has scored at least double-digits in all but two games, and is the linchpin for a surprisingly strong Maryland team that went from no expectations to a possible Big Ten regular season championship.

The current crop of point guards is as good as it's been in a longtime, and while Trimble may not win the award, the recognition proves that Trimble responded to the adversity and is capable of being a big-time player.

Joining Trimble on the list are: Lonzo Ball, UCLA (Fy.), Joel Berry II, North Carolina (Jr.), Jalen Brunson, Villanova (Soph.), De'Aron Fox, Kentucky (Fy.), Markelle Fultz, Washington (Fy.), Monte Morris, Iowa (Sr.), Frank Mason, Kansas (Sr.), Dennis Smith, North Carolina State (Fy.), and Nigel Williams-Goss, Gonzaga (Jr.).

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Report: Yale grad transfer Jordan Bruner considering Maryland among final three

Report: Yale grad transfer Jordan Bruner considering Maryland among final three

With the Terps facing the potential losses of two key scorers to the NBA Draft, a 6-foot-9 forward out of Yale is considering joining the Maryland roster for his final season of NCAA eligibility.

According to Evan Daniels of 247Sports, Bulldogs power forward Jordan Bruner has narrowed down his list of preferred transfer destinations to Maryland, Alabama and Baylor. ESPN ranked Bruner the third-best graduate transfer in the country following a season in which he led the Ivy League with 9.2 rebounds per game to go with 10.9 points and 3.7 assists.

The Terps are expected to lose Anthony Cowan Jr. (graduating) and Jalen Smith (NBA Draft) after claiming their first share of the Big 10 regular-season title in program history this season. Forward Ricky Lindo Jr. also entered the transfer portal. Smith started 30 games as a forward and led UMD with 10.5 rebounds per game.

Bruner originally declared for the NBA Draft on March 13 but reconsidered his position after the coronavirus pandemic put the sports world at a standstill. Five days after announcing his intent to go pro, he put his name in the transfer portal.

Per the Yale Daily News, Bruner received calls from 25 different programs within three hours of having his name in the portal. He reportedly trimmed his original list of 50 schools down to six—Maryland, Arkansas, Baylor, Gonzaga, Alabama and Louisville—before narrowing it down to the three Tuesday.

Injuries hit Bruner hard throughout his Yale career, including two meniscus tears—one of which forced him to miss all of his sophomore season. However, the 2020 All-Ivy First Team selection finally stayed healthy this year and only sat two games due to injury.

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Maryland lands commitment from 4-star LB Demeioun Robinson

Maryland lands commitment from 4-star LB Demeioun Robinson

Four-star linebacker Demeioun Robinson announced his commitment to Maryland on Friday, giving Terps head coach Mike Locksley his highest-rated commitment from the class of 2021.

Robinson, who attends Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg, Md., is the No. 16 player in his class on the ESPN Jr. 300 rankings and No. 20 on 247Sports.

Ohio State, Penn State, Georgia and Texas A&M were also vying for Robinson's commitment. But in the end, the top-ranked recruit from the state of Maryland decided to stay home.

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The Terps began their recruitment of Robinson last summer, according to 247Sports's Maryland blog, giving Maryland an important leg up -- particularly in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

In an interview with NBC Sports Washington's Julie Donaldson this week, Locksley talked about how his staff communicates with recruits during a time of social distancing.

"We do a lot of recruiting in the afternoon," Locksley said. "Whether it's FaceTime phone calls to recruits, direct messaging, and then we kind of get back together later in the afternoon as a staff just to see if there's any new updates on anything."

Robinson joins St. John's College High School's Taizse Johnson as Maryland's 4-star commitments from the class of 2021.

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