Maryland sophomore Melo Trimble has decided to declare for the NBA Draft — but will not hire an agent, remaining eligible to return to school after pro workouts if he chooses — multiple sources close to Trimble told Inside Maryland Sports.
The 6-foot-2 guard from Upper Marlboro, who averaged team-highs of 14.8 points, 4.9 assists and 1.2 steals as a sophomore while helping Maryland build on a season that ended in its first Sweet 16 appearance since 2003, will look to impress NBA scouts next month at the Draft Combine in Chicago. If he doesn’t like his standing, he can return to school by withdrawing any time before May 25.
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Trimble was slated as a likely first round pick early in the season before suffering from sore hamstrings and hitting a shooting slump that saw him shoot 27 percent from 3-point range during the Terps’ final 15 games. He teetered back and forth between staying in school and declaring, but decided in the past few days to declare, sources said.
If he stays in the draft, Maryland will take a major blow in the backcourt, relaying on rising redshirt sophomore Dion Wiley returning from injury, heralded freshman guards Anthony Cowan and Kevin Huerter and reserves Jared Nickens and Jaylen Brantley.
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Trimble’s arrival has been the biggest factor in Maryland’s turnaround following a four-year NCAA Tournament drought, and he’s already crossed the 1,000-point mark. The preseason Big Ten player of the year this past season, Trimble was a second-team all-conference selection and honorable mention AP All-American after finishing second in the Big in free throw percentage, fifth in assists, tied for fourth in steals and 16th in scoring.
Turgeon continues to pursue more players to bolster next year’s roster, and will likely need multiple big men with junior Robert Carter and freshman Diamond Stone also declaring.
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