For the first time in more than a decade on Wednesday night, a future Maryland Terrapin took the floor as a McDonald’s All-American.
Bishop O’Connell (Va.) guard and Maryland signee Romelo Trimble entered the game with 14:49 to play in the first half at United Center in Chicago, Ill., on his way to scoring two points in the first half for the East team against the West.
Trimble unofficially took three shots in the first half, all three-pointers, and missed all three. He also drove the ball and drew a foul against Kentucky-bound guard Devin Booker and was awarded two free throws.
He hit both.
Trimble did not start the second half either, but checked into the game with under 16 minutes to play. He controlled the ball for the East on most possessions, guarded primarily by UNC-bound Joel Berry and Southern Methodist-bound Emmanuel Mudiay.
He took one shot in the second half, a jumper from the top of the key that bounced out. He unofficially finished with two points on 0-of-4 shooting and added one assist. He did not play for the majority of the second half, which was a close contest.
The West topped the East, 105-102.
So what’s to be made of it? Very little, obviously, being that the All-American Game is a run-and-gun showcase scrimmage.
What’s more important is the collection of glimpses we saw that hint at what Trimble will be able to do at Maryland in 2014-15 during his freshman season.
His shooting form is balanced, under control, and natural. On the break, he’s capable of pulling up from the perimeter and hitting with consistency. In the half-court, he can hit jumpers off the bounce or get to the basket and has the court awareness to find open space without the ball in his hands.
He solidifies a point guard spot that was unstable in 2013-14 and will give Seth Allen more opportunities to play at shooting guard, something with which head coach Mark Turgeon experimented sparingly using freshman Roddy Peters.
Expect him to take the reins of Maryland’s offense in the fall.