Maryland basketball’s Melo Trimble earned co-Big Ten Player of the week honors for his efforts in the Terps’ wins over Towson, Richmond and Kansas State, sharing the recognition with Purdue forward Caleb Swanigan.
In three games last week, Trimble averaged 23.3 points on 51 percent shooting, 3.7 rebounds and two steals as Maryland stayed a perfect 7-0. Though not as stellar in the championship game of the Barclays Center Classic, the guard hit the game-winning layup with 6.6 seconds to spare to beat Kansas State. In the preliminary game, he matched a career-high 31 points in an overtime win against Richmond. He took home the tournament’s Most Valuable Player honor.
The Terrapins remain unranked, finishing six votes outside of the AP rankings, but face tougher competition in the upcoming week against Pittsburgh and Oklahoma State. Wins could help the Terps climb back into the AP top 25.
Trimble’s Player of the Week honor is Maryland basketball’s first since Diamond Stone won in January.