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Melo Trimble makes a good decision for himself and Terps

Maryland guard Melo Trimble reacts after scoring a 3-pointer in the first half against Michigan State.
Maryland guard Melo Trimble reacts after scoring a 3-pointer in the first half against Michigan State. (Patrick Semansky / Associated Press)

Melo Trimble made a reputation for making great decisions on the court for Maryland this season.

On Wednesday, he made an even better decision for himself – and the Terps - off the court.

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By announcing that he will return for his sophomore year in College Park, Trimble demonstrated the kind of maturity he showed in helping lead Maryland back to college basketball relevance the past few months.

Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said during this year's NCAA tournament that Trimble was not ready for the NBA, but that he had put himself "in the conversation" for the future.

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Just as he did in guiding the Terps to a 28-7 record, including a school record 26 regular season wins, Trimble listened to Turgeon as well as to the NBA scouting reports that validated the Maryland coach's opinion.

It probably helped that before Trimble made his decision, Maryland got a commitment from one of the best high school players in the country, five-star center Diamond Stone.

How good will Maryland be now that Trimble is coming back?

With the addition of Stone, Georgia Tech transfer Robert Carter Jr. and junior college point guard Jaylen Brantley to a team that already includes a bunch of promising freshmen and junior forward Jake Layman – if he decides to return - a team that was picked to finish 10th in the Big Ten this season will likely go into next season as the favorite.

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The Terps also finished 12th in the country in the final Associated Press poll. Given how many players the four teams in Indianapolis for the Final Four this week are expected to lose, Maryland will certainly be in the top 10 to start next season. Since Turgeon is not done "adding pieces" – either another freshmen or maybe a fifth-year senior – they could probably be in the top 5.

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