Melo Trimble: Thank You!

29
Mar
2017

By: Corey Johns

Maryland went four years without an NCAA Tournament appearance before Melo Trimble showed up. The staple in the big dance was struggling, but Trimble got them back to prominence as he led them to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances, their first trip to the Sweet 16 since 2003 and back to being a staple in the AP Top 25 rankings.

The Trimble era has officially come to its end, perhaps two years later than expected, but on Wednesday Trimble announced he will declare for the NBA Draft and will sign an agent, making him no longer eligible to return like he had done in year’s past.

While it’s sad to see him leave, the only thing left to say is Thank You!

It wasn’t easy to see where Maryland was headed before Trimble. Under Gary Williams the Terps were the talk of the town, they were Maryland’s pro basketball team, winning a NCAA Championship and regularly going on good runs in the tournament. Towards the end of his tenure as the team’s coach the Terps slipped and seemed lost in the times of the one-and-done era. They were no longer a perennial NCAA Tournament team.

But Trimble got them back there.

Maryland was no longer must-see television on a week night and there was nothing really to get hyped up about in the winter after the Ravens were finished and before the Orioles started. But Trimble gave the local sports fans the Terps back.

Trimble will have his number raised up in the rafters and will be remembered among all of the legends who have attended the school and played for the program. He dazzled us with his clutch shots and huge performances. He displayed a competitive spirit that always had Maryland in every game and fans believing that they could win them all.

His era is now officially over, but he will never be forgotten as an all-time great Terp.

 

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