Melo Trimble in top 25 for Wooden Award

Melo Trimble made the next cut for the John Wooden Award, given to the nation's top college player.

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 is one of only four Big Ten players who remain in contention, along with Wisconsin center Frank Kaminsky, Indiana point guard Yogi Ferrell and Ohio State shooting guard De’Angelo Russell.

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.

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