Growing up in the shadows of College Park, Romelo Trimble always followed Terps basketball. And after achieving early success at Bishop O’Connell in Arlington, Va., where he led the team in scoring as a freshman, he began to think he might have a chance to play for the Terps. But after another strong year as a sophomore and only lukewarm interest from Maryland, he wasn’t sure he’d have that opportunity.
But things began to pick up this summer after he made a well-advised position change, and Monday, during Trimble’s unofficial visit with his mother, Mark Turgeon made it official by offering the touted guard a scholarship.
“They just said that they really like me and that I did really good switching from shooting guard to point guard,” said Trimble, who averaged nearly 20 points as a sophomore in the ultra-competitive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. “Coach Turgeon was just saying he likes the way I play and he would like it if I came to Maryland because it’s the hometown school, about 20 minutes away, and he would like to get all the best players from here.”
After spending much of his youth following the Terps, Monday was the culmination of years of hard work for the 6-2 junior.
“It feels great. I always liked Maryland because it’s home. I’ve been watching the team for a long time because it’s home and they play so many good teams. The conference they’re in is a very good conference. It’s very exciting,” Trimble said.
“My mom was with me and she was very happy, too.”
But Trimble, who’s regarded as a grounded, understated young man, isn’t ready to jump on board. He said he’d like to wait until next summer to make a decision and will keep tabs on which 2013 guards commit to schools recruiting him; he’s also got offers from Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Rutgers, Xavier, Temple, Miami and others.
He said he’ll visit Rutgers on Sept. 8 and also plans to take a trip to Temple this fall.
“I definitely also want to go to a football game at Maryland,” he said.
Another perk: Trimble is a longtime friend of Suitland guard Roddy Peters, one of Maryland’s top 2013 targets.
“I think it would be good to play together,” he said. We know how to play together.