What freshman point guard Melo Trimble has done so far for Maryland has picked up traction nationally.
Trimble -- who leads the 14th-ranked Terps in scoring (15.7) and leads the country in both free throws made (120) and attempted (136) -- made the cut this week when the Wooden Award watch list was trimmed from 50 to 25.
The John R. Wooden Award, named for the legendary former UCLA coach, is given to the top player in the country.
Trimble, Russell, Arizona’s Stanley Johnson and Duke’s Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor were the only freshmen remaining on the watch list. A list of top 10 finalists will be announced later in the season.
Greivis Vasquez was the last Terp to be in contention. As a senior who led Maryland to a share of the ACC regular season title in 2009-10, Vasquez was a Wooden Award finalist.
Vasquez won the Bob Cousy Award that season as the nation’s top point guard. Trimble was also on the preseason watch list for the Cousy Award. A cut for that award will be made next month.
As a senior at Bishop O’Connell High in Northern Virginia, Trimble was a McDonald’s All-American, Maryland’s first since Mike Jones in 2003.