Melo Trimble declared for the NBA Draft Wednesday and will sign with an agent, ending his Maryland basketball career. It makes sense. Trimble helped turn the program around and led the team during its transition to the Big Ten. He won’t return for his senior season, but he left fans with plenty to remember him by.
For purposes of this article, we’ll go in chronological order:
It didn’t take long for Trimble to flash his potential. In just his fourth game, he set Maryland’s freshman scoring record with 31 points against Arizona State in the College Basketball Invitational. His record would be eclipsed by Diamond Stone against Penn State the next season, but this was Trimble’s breakout game.
The Terps were down 7-0 with 16:11 left in the first half when Trimble scored his first points. Then he went on a tear, leading Maryland to a 78-73 comeback win. His ability to get to the free throw line gave coaches migraines during his career, and they got a glimpse here, as Trimble went 13-of-14 from the charity stripe.
One of his first Xfinity Center memories came by way of a killer crossover that he’d develop over the next three years. After Maryland won at Michigan State in its first-ever Big Ten conference game, Trimble led the Terps to a home blowout against the Spartans on Jan. 15, 2015.
As the clock wound down at the end of the first half, Trimble sized up Michigan State’s Tum Tum Nairn. Then he put him on the ground with a crossover, right before nailing a three. In retrospect, this feels like the precursor to a couple game-winners that he drilled later in his career.
Early in his second season, Trimble gave fans a glimpse of what could have been if Maryland had remained in the Atlantic Coast Conference. In the ACC-Big Ten challenge, he finished with 23 points and 12 assists against North Carolina.
Maryland shot itself in the foot with 21 turnovers, eight of them Trimble’s, and lost 89-81, but it gave fans a nice “what-if.”
Sophomore year Trimble started to stake his claim as Mr. Clutch. Terps fans will always have the memory of this dagger to finish Wisconsin in the 2015-16 season.
Five seconds left, game tied at 60. Trimble takes two dribbles, crosses over, and fires. Game. 63-60, Maryland.
Maryland alum and ESPN personality Scott Van Pelt even hopped on Twitter to shout out Trimble after the shot.
Stay Melo. #DirtyTerp— Scott Van Pelt (@notthefakeSVP) January 9, 2016
Trimble’s 31 against Arizona State stood as his career high until Maryland’s first matchup with Northwestern this season. He torched the Wildcats for 32 points on 12-of-17 shooting, going 4-of-5 from beyond the arc.
Trimble gave Maryland fans yet one final thing to remember him by in his last home game. By this season, he had fully proven himself to be one of college basketball’s deadliest closers. Against Michigan State in this year’s season finale, the ice in his veins returned.
There’s not much that hasn’t been said about Trimble’s game-winner. So I’ll just save time and say this: he left the Xfinity Center on the right note.
Melo Trimble's last shot at Xfinity Center was perfect. pic.twitter.com/Riv7YaorWj— Testudo Times (@testudotimes) March 29, 2017
Trimble left a lasting impression on Maryland basketball. Simply put, he changed Maryland. Stay Melo, and let us know your favorite memory of Trimble.
@testudotimes When he'd do something amazing and then smile a lot and just be awesome and super cool and I'm not crying you're crying— Sappy Gilmore (@Terpish) March 29, 2017