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2014 point guard Romelo Trimble verbally commits to Maryland

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In a move expected by many, 2014 point guard Romelo Trimble made the news official on Thursday and verbally committed to attend Maryland, as reported by Inside MD Sports.

Listed at 6-2, 170 pounds, Trimble is Maryland’s first commitment in the 2014 class and began making the transition from shooting guard to the point with the DC Assault program during the summer. As a sophomore at Bishop O’Connell High School Trimble averaged 20 points per contest in the tough WCAC.

“When I was playing shooting guard, I didn’t think it would happen. Most point guards now are six feet or taller and I was just a 6-2 shooting guard,” he said.

With Maryland in need of guards and targeting several other 2014 players at the position, Trimble, regarded by some as a top-50 player in 2014, knew time was of the essence.

“Coach Turgeon told me they were only going to take two guards and he wanted me to be one of the key guards. Maryland is where I really wanted to go,” Trimble said. “It’s a dream come true.”

Maryland has a point guard committed in the 2013 class in Roddy Peters, but of their current backcourt contributors only Nick Faust and Seth Allen would have eligibility remaining when 2014 rolled around.

At his parents’ request Trimble, who made his decision last week but didn’t announce until today, took some time to think about his college decision but knew where he wanted to attend college all along.

“When they offered, I wanted to do it right away, but my parents wanted me to wait a little bit and take some visits. Then we talked about it and I wanted to announce it [today] for my mom’s birthday,” Trimble told Inside MD Sports.

Raphielle also writes for the NBE Basketball Report and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

Gonzaga’s NCAA tournament chances take a major blow in loss to No. 16 SMU

SMU guard Nic Moore (11) shoots over Gonzaga forward Kyle Wiltjer (33) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)
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Nic Moore scored 18 of his 25 points in the second half and added 11 assists as No. 16 SMU knocked off Gonzaga in Moody Coliseum on Saturday night, 69-60.

The Zags got 20 points and 16 boards from Domantas Sabonis, but Kyle Wiltjer scored just four points and shot 2-for-17 from the floor.

It wasn’t pretty.

And it may have been the end of Gonzaga’s NCAA tournament hopes.

Entering Saturday, the Zags had an RPI in the mid-60s, enough to keep them in the bubble conversation but not enough to make them anything more than a team that will be projected to end up on the cut-line.

The issue is a complete lack of quality wins on their résumé. Gonzaga beat UConn in the Bahamas. That’s a borderline top 50 win. They beat Washington, another borderline top 50 win. Beyond that? They swept Pepperdine, beat Tennessee and own a win over Montana. None of those are top 100 wins, and that’s why the SMU game was such a big deal. The Mustangs are a top 25 team. This was a road game. This win was the kind of thing that the Zags could pin at the top of their profile.

But Wiltjer didn’t show up, the Zags had no answer for Moore and they’ll head back to Spokane needing, in all likelihood, to win the WCC’s automatic bid if they want to dance.

POSTERIZED: Cal’s Jaylen Brown has his dunk contest entry

California's Jaylen Brown lays up a shot against Oregon State in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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Cal picked up a big win over Oregon State in Haas Pavilion on Saturday night, and the exclamation point was this emphatic dunk from Jaylen Brown: