Melo Trimble, sophomore, guard, No. 2
Recruiting Ratings: 4 stars, No. 31 player, No. 5 point guard in 2014.
Who did Maryland beat out? Georgetown, Villanova, Xavier, Notre Dame, Miami, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Cincinnati, George Mason and others. It's funny in retrospect, but the country's most elite programs did not pursue Trimble.
High School: Bishop O'Connell
Hometown: Upper Marlboro, Md.
How'd He Get to College Park?
Maryland didn't have to do much to get Trimble, at least not in terms of competition from others. This train left the station a long time ago, so I'll just quote from Dave a year ago, who in turn cited Ben Broman two years before that:
One of the top prep players in the area, Trimble dominated the WCAC, averaging at least 20 points per game in each of his final two years in high school. He single-handedly kept O'Connell in contention for the league title in 2014 (after helping lead them to their first title in nearly a decade in 2013), earning McDonald's All-American status and winning all-Met Player of the Year.
Trimble ended his recruiting process way early. How early? Ben Broman wrote up his commitment when it happened (RIP*). He pledged to Maryland in December 2012, never wavering from it, and now he's headlining what looks to be a stellar class for Mark Turgeon and company.
Maryland owes Melo Trimble a great debt. Maryland also owes his parents a great debt for raising him locally.
Sorry about this, Tum Tum Nairn:
Trimble wins the National Player of the Year award, leads Maryland to a national title and gets drafted in the lottery.
Trimble's going to be Maryland's best player and one of the best players in the country. He'll get to the foul line all the time, make his shots once he's there and score a bunch of points. He'll probably see a jump in assists. His point totals might go down slightly because of the loaded nature of Maryland's roster, but they'll still be high. He'll be as complete a guard as Maryland has had since Greivis Vasquez walked the streets of College Park.
Our next player is the only one left ... in a couple of ways.
Congrats to Testudo's Attorney, who's clinched this competition with one game left to go and can now rest his starters.
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