Melo Trimble Opts to Return For His Junior Year

Just hours before the 11:59 P.M. deadline on Wednesday evening, Melo Trimble decided to withdraw his name from NBA Draft consideration. Guaranteeing a third season in College Park.

Trimble, who went through a shooting slump for the better part of his sophomore season, faced questions about his outside shot and decision-making from many scouts and executives.

At the combine, he failed to quell those same fears as he could never develop a consistent rhythm, incessantly over dribbling and turning the ball over quite a bit.

Despite Trimble’s long range field goal percentages dropping from 41% in his freshman season to 31% during his sophomore season, he remains a capable shooter, who can get hot at any time. What accounted for such a sharp decline is unknown, but it could have been a result of an undisclosed injury (Trimble was hurt often) or just simply Melo trying too hard.

While Trimble does make some ball handling mistakes, he was one of (if not the best) the better pick-and-roll point guards in the country and that will never change. He knows how to use his dribble to create a lane to rim and dish it off to a big or out to an open shooter. Trimble also has great pace on the pick-and-roll. I would go as far as saying that he is a pick-and-roll extraordinaire.

He can stand to continue working on his defensive presence, but if his shot is falling, the sky’s the limit.

Future NBA Plans:

Trimble will be an NBA player, there is no doubt about that. Another year in school will help in many ways, and being “the man” will give him the exposure and attention he wants  from scouts.

The fact that next year’s draft will be loaded may signal Trimble even staying two seasons. Personally, I think he only needs one more season, but who knows, he may choose to get his degree and leave as a Senior.

As previously mentioned, Trimble is a great pick-and-roll guard who can break you down with his handle. In today’s NBA game, those two things are paramount and when Trimble decides to leave he’ll fit in seamlessly.

What this means for Maryland:

The Terps lost four of their five starters from last season. Melo is the lone returning starter, giving Coach Turgeon an upperclassman leader. Without Trimble, the Terps are probably not a tournament team, but with him, they will challenge to be a Top-25 team.

Along with Trimble’s return, the Terps will have key players Jaren Nickens, Michal Cekovsky, Damonte Dodd, Dion Wiley, and Jaylen Brantley.

This may even be a case of addition by subtraction. We shall see.

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