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Maryland guard Melo Trimble will stay in school, forgo NBA Draft, team announces

The Terrapins guard will return for his sophomore season.

Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Guard Melo Trimble will play his sophomore season at Maryland, head coach Mark Turgeon announced Wednesday, officially putting the NBA Draft on hold and giving the Terrapins another year with their best player.

"We did our due diligence and also had a number of great discussions with Melo and his mom regarding what would be best regarding his future," Turgeon said in an athletic department release. "He is excited about playing with a great team and is looking forward to his sophomore year at Maryland."

In his freshman season at Maryland, Trimble was instrumental in lifting the Terps to their first NCAA Tournament bid in half a decade. He averaged 16 points and made a media-selected All-Big Ten first team, teaming with senior Dez Wells to give the program its most dynamic backcourt in years.

"I am excited about spending another year with my teammates and building on what we accomplished this year," Trimble said in the release. "I want to thank Coach Turgeon for helping my mom and I through this process. This was the best decision for me. Being a member of the Maryland basketball program has been an unbelievable experience and I can't wait to be back in front of the best fans in college basketball next season."

Despite a previous report that Trimble planned to play at least another year in College Park, the school hadn't confirmed anything about his future until Wednesday.  Trimble sustained a head injury in the Terps' season-ending loss to West Virginia in the tournament's Round of 32. After that game, head coach Mark Turgeon intimated Trimble would return.

"We're going to have two point guards on the roster," Turgeon said, in an apparent reference to Trimble and incoming recruit Jaylen Brantley. This past season, Trimble was the only true point guard on Maryland's roster.

Between the end of Maryland's season and Wednesday's announcement, Maryland got a commitment from five-star center Diamond Stone. He'll team with Trimble on what looks like a strong Maryland roster for next season.