Maryland point guard Melo Trimble to return for sophomore season

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Maryland’s prospects in 2015-16 got a whole lot better Wednesday morning, as the school announced that point guard Melo Trimble has decided to return to school for his sophomore year.

Trimble, expected to help change the program’s fortunes even before he enrolled in classes, was the point guard head coach Mark Turgeon needed this season as he helped lead the Terrapins to a second-place finish in the Big Ten and 26 wins. The Maryland native averaged 16.2 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game in 2014-15, and he was one of the nation’s best when it came to getting to the foul line.

A first team All-Big Ten selection, Trimble decided to return to school after multiple conversations with his mother and Turgeon. And with Maryland having to account for the loss of one of its critical leaders in Dez Wells, Trimble’s decision to return to school is a big one in regards to their prospects in 2015-16.

“I am excited about spending another year with my teammates and building on what we accomplished this year,” Trimble said in the release. “I want to thank Coach Turgeon for helping my mom and I through this process. This was the best decision for me.

“Being a member of the Maryland basketball program has been an unbelievable experience and I can’t wait to be back in front of the best fans in college basketball next season.”

In addition to Trimble, fellow freshmen Michal Cekovsky, Jared Nickens and Dion Wiley are all expected back, and the same can be said of Jake Layman and Damonte Dodd. Maryland’s newcomers will also contribute, with Robert Carter Jr. adding interior depth after sitting out the 2014-15 season following his transfer from Georgia Tech and five-star big man Diamond Stone on board as well.

Junior college transfer guard Jaylen Brantley will give Maryland additional depth on the perimeter next season.