Former Maryland guard Melo Trimble invited to NBA draft combine

Former Maryland guard Melo Trimble has been invited to the NBA draft combine in Chicago, his agent said Saturday.

Michael Kneisley of the Rockville-based Neustadt Group confirmed an ESPN.com tweet that Trimble will attend the combine.

ESPN.com also tweeted that Maryland forward Justin Jackson, who will be a sophomore next season, has been invited. Jackson put his name in for early NBA draft eligibility but did not sign with an agent, sources said earlier this week.

Trimble did the same after his sophomore year at Maryland, but returned for his junior year following a less-than-impressive performance at the combine. Trimble declared for the draft this year, but signed with an agent, thus forgoing his senior year in College Park.

Neither Trimble nor Jackson has been listed on mock drafts for 2017, though Jackson is projected to be a first-round pick in 2018. An NBA scout who requested anonymity said earlier this week that he expected Jackson to return for his sophomore year and that Trimble's stock will largely depend on the combine and the workouts for individual teams.

"I can see him being a mid-to-late second-round pick," the scout said.

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