By Andrew R. Koch
While it’s been a struggle for the Maryland men’s basketball team during Mark Turgeon’s first three years as head coach, the Terrapins are heading into the season with at least one reason to be optimistic, especially about their highly-rated recruiting class.
Freshman guard Melo Trimble was named to the Watch List for the 2015 Bob Cousy Award, which is named for the Hall-of-Fame Boston Celtics point guard. The award is presented to the top point guard in college basketball. Trimble is one of more than 35 players who were named as preseason candidates for the award by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Nov. 4. The list of candidates will be narrowed down to 20 in February, and then down to five finalists in early March. A committee made up of head coaches, members of the media, university media relations officials, and Basketball Hall-of-Famers.
Trimble is a 6-foot-3 guard from Upper Marlboro who was the top-rated basketball player in Maryland during his senior year last season at Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, Virginia. Last year, he averaged 23.1 points per game, and was named a McDonald’s All-American. Trimble is one of only two point guards from the Big Ten to be named to the Cousy Award Watch List, along with Derrick Walton, Jr. of Michigan.
If Trimble can win the award, he’d be the second Terrapins player to receive it. Greivis Vasquez, who’s now playing in the NBA with the Toronto Raptors, won the Cousy Award in 2010, his senior year at Maryland.