Melo Trimble has become the third Maryland Terrapin to enter his name into the NBA Draft, but unlike Diamond Stone and Robert Carter before him, the star point guard will not be signing with an agent.
“Melo will go through the draft process, which will provide him a stronger understanding of where he could potentially be selected,” coach Mark Turgeon said in a statement. “Melo has worked very hard and we will continue to support and guide him throughout this process.”
Trimble averaged 14.8 points and 4.9 assists this season, but his season was a disappointment as he lost his shooting touch during the second half of the year. He was also the face of a Maryland team that never seemed to live up to their potential. A preseason top three team, the Terps were a No. 5 seed in the NCAA tournament and lost in the Sweet 16.
Prior to the season, Trimble was projected as a mid-to-late first round pick, but he’s fallen to a likely second round pick after his disappointing year. Trimble shot just 31.5 percent from three, but a nagging hamstring injury that he suffered in late-January may have played a role in that.
Nation’s No. 1 prospect Josh Jackson commits to Kansas
Jackson picked Kansas over Arizona and Michigan State and, as one of the best shooting guard prospects in recent memory, is a perfect fit for a Kansas team that just lost Wayne Selden and Brannen Greene to the professional ranks. He’s a tough, athletic wing who will provide immediate help defensively and on the glass, and he’s as competitive as anyone. He’s excellent in transition and has the explosiveness and body control to make things happen when he attacks the rim in a half court set. As he becomes a more consistent perimeter shooter he’ll only become a more dangerous player.
His addition to the Jayhawks should give them arguably the nation’s best perimeter defense, as he’ll join Devonte’ Graham and Frank Mason on a team that will be a nightmare for opposing guards to deal with. With this piece, the Jayhawks move to No. 3 in the NBCSports.com preseason top 25.
The memory that this will draw for most Kansas fans is that of Andrew Wiggins, who arrived in Lawrence to much fanfare and left as the No. 1 pick after averaging 17.1 points and 5.9 boards on a team that couldn’t get out of the first weekend of the NCAA tournament. It’s not hard to find people willing to call Wiggins a disappointment.
Jackson will be in a better spot than Wiggins, however. For starters, this is not going to be a roster dominated by freshmen. Frank Mason will be the decided leader on the Kansas roster, as he has been the last two seasons. Devonte’ Graham will play a major role as an off-guard while the Jayhawks — led by Landen Lucas, Carlton Bragg, Udoka Azubuike and Svi Mykhailiuk — will have size, depth and versatility along their front line.
Three of the top four scorers when Wiggins was a freshman were, well, freshmen. The other was sophomore Perry Ellis. The veteran leader? Naadir Tharpe, who transferred out of the program after the season.
The Jayhawks are adding a talented, super-competitive and uber-athletic 6-foot-8 shooting guard that will be one of the best perimeter defenders in the country. Only time will tell whether he ends up living up to the hype or failing to meet expectations the way Wiggins, Selden, Kelly Oubre and Ben McLemore did, but as long as Kansas fans keep their expectations in check — the second-coming of Andrew Wiggins as opposed to freshman year Kevin Durant — they’re really going to enjoy watching this kid play.
Indiana forward Troy Williams announced on Monday that he will be declaring for the NBA Draft. He will not be hiring an agent, which will allow him to return to school after the NBA combine.
“After much thought and family discussion, I’ve decided to declare for this year’s NBA Draft but will not hire an agent,” said Williams in a statement released by the school. “This gives me the opportunity to explore future possibilities, while keeping my options open. Coach Crean is always supportive and makes sure that you have the best information to help you make a decision like this and I value his input. I’m excited to go through this process.”
Williams averaged 13.3 points and 5.8 boards this past season for the Hoosiers, who won the outright Big Ten regular season title. Indiana already got the news that Thomas Bryant will be returning to school. If Williams opts to withdraw from draft consideration, the Hoosiers will likely end up being a top 20 team heading into next season.
Big East Commissioner Val Ackerman: allowing student-athlete endorsements is ‘under review’
Big East commissioner Val Ackerman had some really interesting things to tell SI.com’s Maggie Gray when asked about the possibility of NCAA athletes being allowed to receive endorsements: that there’s a real possibility that it happens.
“That’s one that’s actually under consideration I believe by the NCAA,” Ackerman said. “It’s actually a time right now where student athlete interests are being closely examined. I don’t have an answer for you on that one today but I will say that and a number of other topics are under review, and I think rightly by the NCAA and it’s very possible that over the course of the next year or two as these these ideas work their way through the legislative system you could see changes.”
This is something that proponents of student-athletes rights have been fighting for for a long time, and may have to do with the fact that the association is currently facing a lawsuit brought on by former UCLA star Ed O’Bannon regarding the legality of their ability to restrict the student-athletes from generating revenue via the use of their name and likeness.
Allowing college athletes to sign endorsement deals would be the exact opposite amateurism. And, to be clear, that would be a good thing.
Ackerman is quite clear in saying she “doesn’t have an answer” and that it is all “under review”, so this will be something to monitor moving forward.
VIDEO: Adorable little kids write cards to Tar Heel players
After North Carolina’s crushing loss to Villanova in the national title game, a preschool teacher at Triangle Day School decided to teach her students a lesson in compassion … by having them write cards to the UNC players.
Syracuse transfer Kaleb Joseph has committed to Creighton, according to multiple reports.
Joseph played in just 17 games as a sophomore with the Orange, a significant reduction in his role after he started 30 games as a freshman. The combination of Michael Gbinije taking over the starting point guard role and Franklin Howard emerging as the primary back-up meant that Joseph lost his confidence and his minutes.
As a freshman, Joseph averaged 5.9 points and 3.8 assists. He averaged less than six minutes as a sophomore.
Joseph was a top 75 recruit coming out of Cushing Academy, but he was thrust into a starting role his first season after Tyler Ennis left for the NBA after one year.
At Creighton, he’ll sit out the 2016-17 season before taking over starting point guard duties from Mo Watson the following season. Joseph will pair with Kansas State transfer Marcus Foster in the back court for a season.