The co-founder of former area AAU powerhouse D.C. Assault, Curtis Malone, was sentenced to 100 months in prison in May following an arrest on charges related to the distribution of cocaine and heroin.
Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel then penned an extensive feature on Malone, which was released on Wednesday, that detailed the life of the former powerbroker who had a hand in the lives of a number of the area basketball players who have since gone on to play in college and professionally.
Among them is incoming Maryland guard Melo Trimble, who is set to begin his freshman season in College Park this fall. Trimble was mentioned in Wednesday's piece.
[Malone] brags that if he weren’t in jail, McDonald’s All-American guard Romelo Trimble never would have “stepped foot on Maryland’s campus” unless [head coach Mark] Turgeon hired an Assault coach.
For a time, Maryland did employ a former Assault coach. Dalonte Hill came from Kansas State and helped to recruit area players and keep them in the state of Maryland.
Damonte Dodd, a sophomore center, and Roddy Peters, who has since transferred to South Florida, both played with Assault during their prep days.
Trimble was another.
Hill resigned his position in the fall of 2013 after being arrested on DUI-related charges. In the wake of that move, CSN spoke to Trimble about Hill’s departure.
“When I saw Coach Hill go, I didn’t really let that affect me,” Trimble said in December. “I just, I’ve been to Maryland’s practice and I’ve seen them play and I just see how I could fit in. So even if the coaches shift around or whatever, it didn’t affect me at all.”
Part of the reason for that comfortability, Trimble said, came from the promotion of director of basketball operations Dustin Clark to an assistant. Clark also had a hand in bringing local standout Dion Wiley to Maryland.
“[Clark] even called me and said, you know, ‘I’m moving up in the coaching staff and I want to build a relationship,’” Trimble recalled at the time.
“So I said, ‘You know, that’s good.’ So I feel even more comfortable about being there.”