How does Maryland bounce back after Pitt loss?
Back on Dec. 21, Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon and assistant Dustin Clark were in Upper Marlboro, Md., to see two of their future players face off, Romelo Trimble of Bishop O’Connell (Va.) and Dion Wiley of Potomac (Md.).
They had traveled over for the night cap after their team had lost to Boston University just hours earlier, a frustrating 83-77 loss to a mid-major team that they should have beaten at home.
As the game progressed and they sat and watched, it likely became clear to them as it became clear to everyone else in that gym--if Trimble had been in College Park that day instead of here in Upper Marlboro, the Terrapins very well could have won that game.
Trimble went for 25 points and five assists on the night, but it was how he did it that proved that today--right now--he could have success at the college level.
He attacks the rim relentlessly.
Off the opening tip, he grabbed the ball in the backcourt, wove through a few defenders, absorbed contact at the rim and finished.
He can shoot from the outside.
On another possession, he brought the ball up on the fast break, surveyed the floor and saw no one open, so he pulled up and knocked down an open three.
He plays defense.
His body is already Division-I ready and that includes the lateral quickness to stay in front of defenders. That, conversely, is the weakest part of freshman Roddy Peters’ game and Seth Allen is limited in that area as he continues to recover from surgery.
Trimble is Peters with a jump shot or Allen playing solid defense. He has the intelligence and the floor awareness to run a college offense right now, but that doesn’t mean that it would hypothetically eat minutes from those already in the Maryland rotation.
In fact, it would give Turgeon options.
If Trimble were to play the point, Allen could be shifted to shooting guard. Peters could play point while Trimble moves to the two. Trimble could play alongside Dez Wells in the backcourt. With their size, Maryland could conceivably go small and run Peters, Trimble, and Wells at the same time.
Trimble had another big night on Thursday, scoring 16 points in a Bishop O’Connell win over Paul VI (Va.). But, trust me, the staff wishes they had his services in College Park already.