Maryland freshman point guard Melo Trimble has been eliminated from consideration for this year’s John R. Wooden Award, given to the nation’s top college basketball player.
Trimble, whose impressive start to his career in College Park led to him making the first cut from 50 players to 25, was taken off the list Wednesday when the pool of candidates was reduced to 20.
Four other freshmen remain: Ohio State guard D’Angelo Russell, Arizona forward Stanley Johnson and two Duke players, point guard Tyus Jones and center Jahlil Okafor.
Trimble was outplayed by Indiana junior point guard Yogi Ferrell in an 89-70 loss at Assembly Hall on Jan. 22 and again by Russell in an 80-56 loss in Columbus a week later. Trimble scored a season-low three points in the loss to the Buckeyes. He had four points and eight assists in a 64-58 win over Penn State last week and had 20 points in a 71-55 loss Sunday at Iowa.
Russell and Wisconsin center Frank Kaminsky are the only Big Ten players left on the Wooden watch list.
Trimble remains on the list for the Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation’s Division I point guard. Former Maryland guard Greivis Vasquez won the award as a senior in 2010.