This is a pretty big return for Maryland basketball. I think out of the Big 10 freshmen only 3 really were candidates for 1 and done (Russell, Trimble, Blackmon) ... likelihood in that order.
Trimble averaged 16.2 ppg in 34min a night, shooting 44% overall and 41% from the 3. Also excellent rebounding and assists for a freshman - 3.9 and 3.0 respectively. Also shoots 86% from FT.
While not a lottery pick it seems Tremble was a candidate for the back half of the first round via mocks.
Trimble told The Washington Post on Saturday that he planned to leave Maryland this year only if he was guaranteed to be a lottery pick in June’s draft. A couple of unofficial mock drafts had Trimble as a late first-round draft pick. “I had him as a first round pick, but not as a lottery [top 14] pick,” one NBA executive said in an interview with The Baltimore Sun on Wednesday.
It seems to have gone unnoticed here but Diamond Stone - a guy Beilein wanted, a 6'10 250 lb center and #6 overall just committed to Maryland this past week and reports today are he would not have gone to Maryland if Melo had not come back.
“That was a big factor for me because I need someone to pass the ball and just run the offense,” Stone told Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier on 106.7 The Fan on Wednesday. “Melo’s one of the best at doing that, so that was a big decision. I actually texted Melo, I asked him, so I knew beforehand that he was going to stay. If he would’ve left, I probably wouldn’t be at Maryland. So when he stayed, then I decided to go to the University of Maryland.”
Stone is playing in tonight's McDonald's All American game with Deyonta Davis (MSU) and Caleb Swanigan (undecided but MSU is among the top suitors).
This immediately vaults IMO Maryland back to top tier of the Big 10 next year with MSU and UM IMO. I think Dez Wells is the only guy they lost and Maryland had 2 other close to 7 footers in last years class I believe (not sure if they redshirted last year) I am assuming Russell is gone from OSU.