After a first-round upset with the Maryland Terrapins, junior guard Melo Trimble has decided to enter the 2017 NBA Draft this June. Trimble will hire an agent after going through last year’s draft process solo, so a return to College Park is not happening this time.
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The following was from a statement Trimble released through the school’s athletic department:
“I am confident and excited to pursue an opportunity to play in the NBA,” Trimble said. “I am proud of what my teammates and I were able to accomplish these past three seasons at Maryland. I developed many great relationships and friendships and together we able to create some very special moments for Maryland basketball. I want to thank Coach Turgeon for all of his support. He always believed in me.”
Trimble was a three-time All-Big Ten selection including this past season in which he averaged 16.8 points, 3.7 assists and 3.6 rebounds per-game. A first-round exit to Xavier after leading his team to a sixth-seed in the NCAA Tournament.
The following came from a statement from Maryland Head Coach Mark Turgeon:
“Melo Trimble is a winner and helped change the face of our program,” Turgeon said . “More importantly, Melo is a special person and I thoroughly enjoyed coaching him. He is extremely humble and always puts the team first. Melo has grown as a leader and has done an outstanding job taking our program to new heights. Melo will be celebrated as one of the all-time greats in our program’s history. We are very excited for Melo as he pursues his dream of playing professional basketball.”
Melo Trimble is a winner.
Humble, hard-working, dedicated.
Words can’t express what he’s done for our program.
— Mark Turgeon (@CoachTurgeon) March 29, 2017
Projected as a second-round pick and testing the waters last season, Trimble will leave Maryland with a distinguished career. Leaving Maryland being in the school’s top 15 in both scoring and assists with 1,659 and 403 respectively, including being second in free-throws made at 503. As a local, there were heavy expectations on Trimble, who delivered 79 wins in his three years while reviving the Maryland program.