Maryland men's basketball guard Melo Trimble passed on the NBA draft after his fabulous freshman season because he would become a sophomore, and who didn't see his second season in College Park improving on his first?

A year later, here we are, with Trimble having been deemed probably not good enough for the first or second round of the 2016 NBA draft ... but probably good enough for the 2017 draft. Because, well, sophomores become juniors.


The Big Lead leads the pack of Trimble believers, pegging him at No. 15 overall in its way-too-early mock-up.

"Yeah, yeah, yeah, I was way wrong about him making the leap as a player during his sophomore year," writes Jason McIntyre, who, it should be noted, had Trimble at No. 4 overall in the 2016 draft this time last year. "I'm told there was some off-the-court drama that impacted his play, but I'm not looking for an excuse. He regressed. But he'll undeniably be The Man in College Park, which may be what he needs to show he's a future pro."

Bleacher Report has Trimble at No. 25, headed to the Brooklyn Nets. NBADraft.net rates him lower, a second-round pick of the Milwaukee Bucks at No. 40.

But after averaging 14.8 points, 4.9 assists and 2.6 turnovers per game on 41 percent shooting (31.5 percent on 3-pointers), Trimble has his doubters. He's not in DraftExpress' top 60. Or CBS Sports' top 30. Or CBS Sports' other top 30. Or NBC Sports' top 26 college players to watch.

Some of the concerns about Trimble's draft prospects last season focused on the internal — how his team might affect his stats and thus his stock, or how his hamstring injury and broken jump shot would be evaluated.

Next season, the factors are more external: There are three incoming freshman point guards in NBADraft.net's top 10, and a fourth at No. 17. A French point guard is No. 7 overall. Trimble is No. 10 overall — at his position, just ahead of former Towson recruit and Kansas star Frank Mason Jr.

All of which is to say, don't start looking at how Trimble might fit into the Bucks' rotation. It's a little too soon.

Recommended on Baltimore Sun