Trimble withdraws from NBA Draft, will return for junior season

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The wait is over for Maryland Terrapins fans.

After much deliberation and with just two hours to spare, Maryland point guard Melo Trimble has decided to withdraw from the NBA Draft and return to College Park for his junior season, according to multiple reports.

Trimble submitted his name for the NBA Draft, but did not hire an agent during the process. Due to new eligibility rules, players are allowed to enter the draft combine without sacrificing their NCAA eligibility. As a result, he was able to withdraw from the draft by midnight Wednesday.

Trimble released a statement through a press release from the team Wednesday night:

“I am really excited to return for my junior season at Maryland,” Trimble said. “It’s truly special that I get to continue to play in front of my family, friends and our amazing fans.  I’m looking forward to working out with my teammates this summer and I am excited for what we can accomplish. I learned a great deal through this experience and I am committed to working hard in getting better each day.  I’m appreciative of all the support that I have received from Coach Turgeon, my family and my teammates throughout this process. I look forward to continuing my education and building upon the success that we have had at Maryland.”

In two seasons, Trimble has started every game at point guard for the Terps. He was a Second Team All-Big Ten selection and Associated Press honorable mention All-American as a sophomore and helped lead the team to its first Sweet 16 appearance since 2003. He guided the team to back-to-back 27-plus win seasons for the first time in program history.

The team also quoted head coach Mark Turgeon in the release:

“Melo informed me tonight that he has decided to return to Maryland for his junior season,” Turgeon said. “After gathering information throughout this process, I agree that this is the best decision for him. Melo is a very special person.  He is a winner and his impact on our program has been immeasurable. Melo has an extremely bright future ahead of him both on and off the basketball court. We are excited that he will continue to pursue his degree and build upon his legacy in College Park.”

As a freshman, Trimble averaged 16.2 points per game and shot 44.4 and 41.2 percent from three and the field respectively. His assist total rose from 3 per game to 4.9 per game his sophomore year. His point totals fell by 1.4 points per game, while his field goal percentage fell to 41 percent and his 3-point percentage dropped to 31.5.

In January of 2015, Trimble was projected by DraftExpress to be taken as the 18th overall pick in this year’s draft. Tuesday night, the same site projected him to go undrafted in their most recent mock draft.

Trimble struggled in a five-on-five scrimmage on the first day of the NBA Draft Combine earlier this month. On the next day, he posted 10 points and four assists.

According to Chris Miller of Comcast Sportsnet, the point guard worked out for five teams in private sessions: the Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks, San Antonio Spurs, Atlanta Hawks and Philadelphia 76ers. Scouts from some of those teams attended Maryland games at the Xfinity Center this past season.

Forward Robert Carter Jr. and Center Diamond Stone both hired agents and are hoping to hear their names called at the NBA Draft on June 23. Carter Jr. forewent his final year of eligibility, while Stone left after his freshman year. Graduated Terps forward Jake Layman and guard Rasheed Sulaimon will look towards draft night as well.

But with Trimble back, Terps fans might be seeing more of this.

Alex Flum
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Alex, a sophomore broadcast journalism major, joined The Left Bench in 2015 and will cover the Maryland Men's Basketball team this year. He is a native of the DC Area and a long-suffering DC Sports fan (especially Wizards and Redskins).