Junior guard Melo Trimble has taken on a bigger leadership role with this year’s Maryland team, coach Mark Turgeon said at Big Ten Media Days on Thursday.
“Probably the area he’s improved the most is he’s very comfortable being a leader,” Turgeon said. “He’s always been a great player, but when you’re a freshman, it’s hard to lead seniors sometimes, and I think he’s becoming more comfortable. He knows it’s his team in a lot of ways. So he’s very comfortable in his own skin right now.”
Trimble has averaged 15.5 points and four assists per game over his two seasons in College Park. In 2015-16 he became more of a distributor, increasing his assists while scoring slightly less, as Maryland went 27-9 and reached the Sweet 16.
While last year’s Terrapins team featured key upperclassmen like Jake Layman, Robert Carter and Rasheed Sulaimon, this year’s group will be younger, with Trimble one of its most experienced players.
Turgeon said Trimble, who passed up the NBA Draft to return for his junior season, is ready for the bigger load.
“He’s playing at a high level,” Turgeon said. “I mean, he is at a high, high level right now. Better than I’ve ever seen. He knows this is his team, and he’s kind of relaxed about that. He’s not worried about stepping on anybody’s toes or anything like that. So it should be a great year for Melo.”