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Sporting News lists Melo Trimble pre-season third team all-american

Trimble will enter this year with some lingering criticisms from last year. Will Mark Turgeon force him into a facilitating role? Can the scoring-minded guard move the ball around enough?

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Melo Trimble is listed as a third team All-American on Sporting News preseason list, a grade lower from where he placed last year. He's listed behind guards Kris Dunn, Yogi Ferrell and Wayne Selden on the second team, and Ron Baker, Marcus Paige and Malcolm Brogdon on the first team.

SportingNews' Mike DeCourcy questions whether Trimble can be a facilitator in an offense with more weapons than he's accustomed to and also (fairly) knocks his sub-par performance with the bronze medal-winning Pan-American team this summer.

Trimble averaged just 3.2 points and 1.6 rebounds in five games in international play. He also turned the ball over eight times in 60 total minutes and assisted on just seven made shots. That, however, was a small sample size against mostly professionals, and it'd be a stretch to make any significant college predictions based on one week's worth of semi-chaotic ball.

Looks like Trimble will have to prove his worth yet again, and in leading the nation's top team he should have no trouble doing so.