In college basketball these days, the big news of a blue-chip recruit usually starts a countdown for a program’s fans. They’re not waiting for them bring home a championship, but rather for the announcement that the prospect will leave for the NBA. At the University of Maryland, that was the case over the last couple years with Maryland’s menacing point guard Melo Trimble and last year’s highly-touted freshman phenom, Diamond Stone. For Trimble, however, the clock is still ticking.
Trimble at first said he planned to enter the draft. But he didn’t immediately hire an agent, leaving the option open to return to College Park. As the deadline to decide struck to Wednesday, Trimble announced he’ll be back for his junior year. This calls for a hashtag.
— Maryland Basketball (@TerrapinHoops) May 26, 2016
It’s not necessarily an education-based move. Trimble’s draft stock tumbled after workouts, so his return is probably more about improving for this time next year than finishing his degree in four years. However, it’s still rare. NBA teams pick plenty of players on potential alone, and Trimble has now turned down the draft twice. Even the third-leading scorer from the Terps’ highly-touted 2016 team, Robert Carter Jr., opted to go pro.
As if to reward the Terps, the universe immediately bestowed a promising teammate for Trimble on next year’s squad. On Thursday, four-star prospect Justin Jackson made a late-in-the-game move to sign with the Terps for 2016, the Washington Post reported.
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