Football is off to such a hot start at the University of Maryland, it feels like basketball is forgotten. However, don’t feel that way anymore–point guard Melo Trimble and Terps basketball is making its way back into the news.
Trimble, entering his junior year, earned a spot on the Preseason All-Big 10 Team ahead of the 2016-17. This is just a testament to the national opinion of Trimble. A poor sophomore season apparently has not marred what Trimble accomplished in his freshman season, or his talent as a whole.
Trimble’s rocky transition from a freshman phenom to being stuck in a sophomore slump only exacerbated Maryland’s struggles last season as one of the most talented underperforming teams in recent memory. His field goal percentage dropped three points, and his three point percentage fell a whopping 10 percent. His passing improved with nearly two more assists per game. But, his scoring dipped by almost two points in the meantime.
Heading into this season, Maryland’s season is somewhat unclear. They bring back experience in Trimble and center Damonte Dodd as starters along with Jared Nickens, Michal Cekovsky and Jaylen Brantley off the bench. Their freshman class has some bright talents, especially with guard Anthony Cowan Jr., sharpshooter Kevin Huerter, and unkown foreign talent Joshua Tomaic. Graduate transfer L.G. Gill from Duquesne should also provide some stability. However, Trimble’s struggles and Dodd’s near-transparent play last season may make Terps fans worry.
For the time being though, Maryland supporters can relax and be glad with Trimble’s honor, and hope he can ride that to better play. The Terps will host their “Maryland Madness” basketball hype event Friday night to get the ball rolling this season. A somewhat weak Big 10 should allow for the Terps to have a shot at a conference championship. However, as the preseason all-conference list indicates, Wisconsin and Indiana are among the Big 10’s tough customers.
Joining Trimble on that list from Wisconsin are forwards Ethan Happ and Nigel Hayes, while Indiana contributes guard James Blackmon Jr. and Thomas Bryant. The group also consists of guards Malcolm Hill (Illinois), Peter Jok (Iowa) and Derrick Walton Jr. (Michigan), as well as Purdue forward Caleb Swanigan. There is no room for anyone from Michigan State or Ohio State. However, Tom Izzo and Thad Matta always seem to have their teams ready to compete anyway.