By all accounts, this 2014 recruiting class brought in by Mark Turgeon is supposed to be good. Most recruiting services have them as high as fourth in the nation and as low as sixth, but you get the point; these boys are good. The class features guards Romelo Trimble of Bishop O’Connell High School (my alma mater) and Dion Wiley of Potomac (MD), forward Jared Nickens of Westtown School (PA), and center Trayvon Reed of Life Center Academy (NJ), most of which are top 75 players in their class.
Now, we have evidence of how good the actually are. Of the four person class, Trimble, Wiley, and Reed have all been nominated for a spot at the McDonald’s All-American game this upcoming April. The list of players nominated from each state is long and distinguished, but even being placed on there shows how talented these three are (to take nothing away from Nickens, who has certainly shown major improvement). While none of them may yet get elected to the game, it’s evident that this class has major talent.
As an aside, former DeMatha Hall of Fame head coach, Morgan Wooten, and father of Bishop O’Connell’s head coach, Joe Wooten, sits on the election committee for the McDonald’s All-American game. I’m not implying that this helps Melo Trimble, who is having an absolutely fantastic senior season for the Knights, but it certainly can’t hurt. If I had to hedge my bets on one of these four making the team, it has to be Melo. He’s been scoring thirty points in what feels like every outing, and has continued his scorching hot summer campaign in the AAU circuit. Regardless, congratulations to these kids for their hard work! Roll Terp