COLLEGE: UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
WEIGHT: 190 POUNDS
POSITION: POINT GUARD/SHOOTING GUARD
PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: EARLY 2ND ROUND
PLAYER SUMMARY: Trimble was a star as a freshmen who didn’t live up to the high expectations that were placed upon him as a sophomore. The combo guard was more consistent this year. He has improved his PG play. However, Maryland used freshmen Anthony Cowan at that spot a lot this season as Trimble played off the ball.
If Trimble enters the 2017 NBA Draft, he will face stiff competition. The draft will be loaded with potential stars, future NBA starters, and solid NBA-backups. He fits in the latter, in our opinion. We wouldn’t be surprised to see Trimble return for his senior year and see if he can get back to his freshmen form.
BELOW IS TRIMBLE’S 2016 NBA DRAFT PROFILE
PLAYER SUMMARY: Trimble had a surpisingly very good freshmen season. His sophomore year has been even better and is the heart and soul of a Maryland team that has serious Final Four aspirations.
Trimble has improved his decision-making and ball-handling this season where it is now assumed he can play the PG at the NBA level. He is a strong, compact player who uses his strength to finish at the rim. Trimble is an excellent 3-point shooter that keeps defenses honest, which allows him to drive the lane to score or dish out an assist. At 6’3″, he is a very good rebounder for his position. He is a big-shot maker who wants the ball when the game is on the line.
Trimble needs to develop his awareness on the defensive end. There have been too many instances that I have seen this year where he has been beaten by slower guards. For a player with his talent, this shouldn’t be happening. While he has dramatically improved his point guard play, he still has a scorer’s mentality. He needs to get into his mind that he is now a full-time PG and has to see the floor as one. While he has improved his decision-making, strides will need to be made for him to realize his potential.
I really like Melo Trimble’s game. He has really improved since last year when he burst on the national scene as a freshmen. Now a sophomore, he will be the go-to-guy for a very talented Terrapin team that has a chance of cutting down the nets the during the first weekend in April. I see a lot of similarities between Trimble and NBA veteran Jarrett Jack. While a notch below the top-tier PG’s in the 2016 NBA Draft, I look for Trimble to have a nice, solid NBA career.