Maryland point guard Melo Trimble said on ESPN after his second fullcourt scrimmage at the NBA combine in Chicago that it's "50-50" whether he will return to College Park for his junior year.
Though Trimble played better Friday than he did Thursday -- as did his team, which won after losing by 40 in the opening scrimmage -- the consensus seems to be that he isn't ready for the NBA.
"If I was Melo Trimble, I would go back to school," said ESPN analyst Jay Williams, who played three years at Duke before being the No. 1 draft pick in 2005.
Said fellow analyst Fran Fraschilla, a former Division I coach at Manhattan, St. John's and New Mexico: "He may have no choice but to go back."
Williams said he would take several of the point guards at the combine over Trimble, specifically mentioning Oakland's Kay Felder, North Carolina State's Cat Barber and Oklahoma's Isaiah Cousins. Felder, who has been one of the standouts at the combine after being the nation's fourth-leading scorer (24.4 points per game) last season, was able to get by Trimble on a number of occasions in Friday's scrimmage.
Trimble finished with 10 points on 4-for-10 shooting (1-for-4 on 3-pointers), four assists, three turnovers and three rebounds in 18 minutes off the bench in a 91-83 victory Friday.
Trimble said that his team's performance Friday was in part a byproduct of the blowout it suffered Thursday.
"We know we're getting evaluated, we have to go there out and show pride and show people why we're here, and just go out and compete and not be selfish about it," Trimble said.
Asked by ESPN analyst Andy Katz about the chances of him returning to Maryland next season, Trimble said, "I don't know yet, it's 50-50."
Trimble, who has until May 25 to pull his name from being draft eligible, was asked to elaborate on what will go into his decision-making process.
"This combine, going to these workouts with the different teams, just getting feedback from those guys," Trimble said. "I'm just going through the process and waiting until the 25th."
According to CSN Mid-Atlantic, Trimble has five individual workouts between now and May 25: Indiana (May 17), Milwaukee (May 19), San Antonio (May 21), Atlanta (May 23) and Philadelphia (May 25). He reportedly worked out last Saturday with the Los Angeles Clippers.