Star freshman Melo Trimble will return to Maryland for his sophomore season, the program announced Wednesday.
Trimble, who averaged 16.2 points and 3.0 assists for the Terrapins and earned first team All-Big Ten honors, was projected to be a second-round pick if he declared for the NBA Draft, although there was a chance he could sneak into the first round.
“We did our due diligence and also had a number of great discussions with Melo and his mom regarding what would be best for his future,” coach Mark Turgeon said in a statement. “He is excited about playing with a great team and is looking forward to his sophomore year at Maryland.”
With Trimble returning, Maryland will once again be one of the leaders in the Big Ten for the 2015-16 season. The Terrapins return two other talented perimeter players in Jake Layman and Jared Nickens, and they add incoming freshman center Diamond Stone.
Maryland has the potential to be a top-10 team with that roster.
“I am excited about spending another year with my teammates and building on what we accomplished this year,” Trimble said. “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.”