Maryland guard Melo Trimble isn't on the Associated Press preseason All-American team this year, having missed out by a tantalizing one vote. Trimble finished with 26 votes, which was No. 6 among all players. The last spot on the team went to LSU super freshman Ben Simmons, who earned 27. Here's the paper team Trimble narrowly missed joining:
|Georges Niang||Iowa State||46|
That's a worthy team, and it's impossible to gripe about anyone who made it. Even Simmons, who's never played a minute of college basketball, is such a freakish talent that it'd be sort of surprising for him not to dominate. The team's 65-member panel was also supposed to pick a team that could "realistically take the floor," so Trimble, a guard, was probably disadvantaged against a forward like Simmons.
Still, Trimble's got a legitimate case. Voters seem to clearly peg him as the No. 6 player in the nation (and bordering on No. 5), unless North Carolina guard Marcus Paige lost more than six votes because of a broken hand.
Here's everyone who got votes but didn't make the AP's team:
|Marcus Paige||North Carolina||20|
|Ron Baker||Wichita State||9|
|Fred VanVleet||Wichita State||9|
|Denzel Valentine||Michigan State||1|
Here's a prediction: Maryland's going to be better than Gonzaga, Iowa State, Providence, Oklahoma and LSU. Trimble will be Maryland's best player, and hence will find a way into that group when the AP votes again after the season.