Melo Trimble and Dion Wiley have both had great summers cruising the AAU circuit. For Trimble and his DC Assault team, being named the MVP of the Fab 48 (which they won) as well as the Under Armor Summer Jam (which they also won) was just icing on the cake. The 2014 Terps commit began the season rated a 93 overall and Top-100 player according to 247sports, but after making his rounds in the AAU circuit, has risen to as high as 37th-best in his class with a 95 overall rating
Dion Wiley has followed a similar trend with his AAU team, Team Takeover. Wiley was the leader on a Takeover team that nearly went undefeated during EYBL play before suffering a tough Peach Jam. No matter for Wiley, as he held steady in the Top-50 of 247sports rankings. Wiley also had the honor of playing for USA East in the Nike Global Challenge, where some of the top players in the world came to compete against one another.
Now, both teams have been ranked in the top ten of indihoops.com‘s final club poll. DC Assault was declared the best team in the nation, and rightly so. They won essentially every tournament they attended, and Trimble was the catalyst behind all that success. Of course, he couldn’t have done it without another Terps target, Chinanu Onuaku.
Team Takeover, meanwhile, held down the number ten spot in their rankings, which is no small feat. Perhaps Takeover could have been ranked higher had so many of their players (Phil Booth, Dion Wiley, Martin Geben and Tre Campbell) not been both hurt or playing in other select showcases around the US and internationally. For large parts of the summer, they were one of the more dominant AAU teams anyone could play against.
Still, this has to make Terps fans happy to see how well their young guns fared in some highly competitive, team-oriented environments with the bright lights and college coaches meticulously pouring over their games. Now if only 2014 could get here already.