Former Maryland star guard Melo Trimble has been a star player in the Washington D.C. area his entire career. And he would love nothing more than to continue that trend come June 22, at the NBA draft.
On Tuesday morning, Trimble worked out for the Washington Wizards. According to the Washington Post, Trimble was among six players taking part in a “physical” pre-draft workout. Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic caught up with him after the practice, and Trimble said he would “love to play” for the Wizards.
“I would love to play for the local team, to represent where I’m from,” Trimble told CSN Mid-Atlantic Tuesday. “We’ve got a lot of good basketball players in the area. Unfortunately a lot of players don’t stay here to play at home, they branch out.”
Before signing with the Terrapins, Trimble starred at Bishop O’Connell High in Arlington, Va., and his Maryland athletics bio lists as from Upper Marlboro, Md., about 20 miles from the nation’s capital. So the connection and Trimble’s desire makes sense.
In terms of on-court accolades, Trimble was the Washington Post’s All-Metro Player of the Year in high school and first team All-Big Ten at Maryland last season. He was also an honorable mention Associated Press All-American. Safe to say Trimble is one of the more decorated basketball players from the Washington D.C. area.
“I used to come to games a lot,” Trimble told CSN Mid-Atlantic of watching the Wizards play as a kid. “I paid attention to them ever since I was young. Even when I was at Maryland, I was watching the Wizards. I am a Wizards fan always and Washington sports.”
Indiana’s James Blackmon Jr. was among those also working out for the Wizards on Tuesday. According to CSN Mid-Atlantic, Trimble has also met with the Chicago Bulls and Brooklyn Nets, and has future visits scheduled with the Philadelphia 76ers and Houston Rockets.
The Wizards don’t have a first-round pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. However, Trimble is projected as a second-round selection and the Wizards hold a second-round pick at No. 52 overall.
The latest NBADraft.net mock draft has Trimble going to Dallas at No. 34 overall.