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Trimble to declare for NBA Draft and sign agent

Melo Trimble will declare for the NBA and sign an agent, forgoing his final season of collegiate eligibility.

The Melo Trimble era is officially over in College Park. The star guard announced on Wednesday his intention to declare for the NBA draft, and unlike previous years he will sign with an agent, forgoing his final year of eligibility.

In previous years, Trimble went through the NBA draft process and workouts, but did not sign with an agent and was able to return to Maryland.

“I am confident and excited to pursue an opportunity to play in the NBA,” Trimble said in a press release. “I am proud of what my teammates and I were able to accomplish these past three seasons at Maryland. I developed many great relationships and friendships and together we able to create some very special moments for Maryland basketball. I want to thank Coach [Mark] Turgeon for all of his support. He always believed in me. He challenged me and really helped in the development of my overall game. I am a more complete basketball player because of Coach Turgeon and the coaching staff. To stay at home and attend the University of Maryland is the best decision that I ever made and it was truly special to play in front of my family, friends and our amazing fans. Maryland will always be home.”

Maryland experienced a program resurgence with Trimble as their start for the past three seasons. The Terps program missed the NCAA Tournament for four straight seasons before Trimble joined the program but then he led them to three straight trips, there first Sweet 16 in 12 years, 79 overall victories and made them a mainstay in the national rankings.

Trimble was a three-time All-Big Ten selection and one of 15 players to earn all-conference honors three times at Maryland. He is one of four players in Maryland history to record 1,600 points, 400 assists and 150 steals, joining Greivis Vasquez, Walt Williams, and Johnny Rhodes.

Triple finished his career ranked second all-time in career made free throws (503), 13th in scoring (1,653), 13th in assists (403), eighth in made 3-point field goals (177), 19th in steals (124) and reached double-digits in scoring 92 times.

“Melo informed me that he has decided to enter his name in the NBA Draft,” Turgeon said. “Melo Trimble is a winner and helped change the face of our program. More importantly, Melo is a special person and I thoroughly enjoyed coaching him. He is extremely humble and always puts the team first. Melo has grown as a leader and has done an outstanding job taking our program to new heights. Melo will be celebrated as one of the all-time greats in our program’s history. We are very excited for Melo as he pursues his dream of playing professional basketball.”

The NBA draft will take place on Thursday, June 22 and is projected to be a late second or even undrafted player.

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