As part of a larger interview that spanned from his relationship with Steph Curry to the national championship aspirations of this Maryland team to the importance of the guys at the back end of the Terrapins' bench, CSN's Chick Hernandez brought up the topic of the NBA to sophomore guard Melo Trimble.
"I've covered Maryland basketball since 1987 as a student and then throughout," Hernandez told Trimble, prefacing his question. "They've had some players who were going to go to the next level.
"I don't care to know if you're going to go. I want to know right now do you think you could play in the NBA."
Without hesitation, Trimble responded simply, "Yes."
Of course, that is to be expected from a player of his caliber. Now in his second collegiate season, he is one of 10 players who have been selected as finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation's best point guard. He played with Team USA in the Pan American Games this past summer. He is the best player on of one of the best teams in the nation.
He should have that kind of confidence.
In the latest edition of DraftExpress.com's 2016 NBA Mock Draft, Trimble is projected to go just outside of the lottery at No. 16 overall. That is up from earlier versions of the mock, which had him in the early 20s before he shifted into gear during the conference portion of the season.
What he lacks in athleticism, he makes up for with basketball intelligence and shiftiness with the ball in his hands. He has developed a reputation as a knockdown shooter and is one of the most effective pick-and-roll point guards in the college game.
"It's never enough," head coach Mark Turgeon said earlier this month when asked about NBA criticisms of Trimble in the face of all he does well. "A player could average 30 a game, it's never enough. It's just today's world. Melo gets the ball wherever he wants. I just wish he would get a few more foul calls."
Watch more of Chick Hernandez's interview with Melo Trimble in Wednesday's 10:30 p.m. edition of SportsNet Central on CSN. Also, tune in for Wizards Pregame Live on CSN before Wednesday's game between the Wizards and Warriors to hear more from Trimble on his relationship with Golden State star and NBA MVP Steph Curry.