Melo Trimble Isn’t Leaving Early for the NBA. Maryland Is Going to Be Stacked.

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Terps love Trimble.
Terps love Trimble.

Melo Trimble decided to stay in school. The Maryland Terrapins’ standout point guard is coming back for his sophomore year, Head Coach Mark Turgeon announced Wednesday.

“We did our due diligence and also had a number of great discussions with Melo and his mom regarding what would be best for his future,” Turgeon said. “He is excited about playing with a great team and is looking forward to his sophomore year at Maryland.”

The Terps had senior leadership and a little luck as they amassed a school record 26 wins and made the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2010. But Trimble was the unmistakable key to their success. Need proof? Well, the last time Maryland was on the court, Trimble got knocked out by a blow to the head from a West Virginia player. They were hanging tough in the game, but ran out of gas without him.

When you’re watching Kentucky play in the Final Four with a group of one-and-done freshman this week, take a moment to reflect on how tough it is to turn down the pros. Trimble wasn’t a guaranteed first round draft pick, but it’s guaranteed that a group of agents were telling him he would be.

Let’s also take a reflect to focus on the fact that the news actually means that Maryland could be even better next year, and not just because Melo is a year older. Turgeon and co. lured blue chip recruit Diamond Stone to College Park. He’s a 250-pound center who can do this:

They’re also bringing in Georgia Tech transfer Robert Carter, who had to sit out this year.

Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.

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