I’ll be the first to let you know that the McDonald’s All-American skills competition can occasionally be a bit much to bear. It’s like the NBA skills competition, only with amateurs instead of pros doing it, which makes it even less impressive just by virtue of skill level. Nonetheless, most Terp fans have a vested interest in their lone future commit and participant in the competition: Melo Trimble.
But in case you missed the skills competition and still want to know how Melo Trimble has been doing overall, TSMD has you covered top to bottom. Without further ado, some highlights…
- Trimble was set to participate in the three point shooting competition thanks to his dead-eye accuracy from deep. You won’t get to catch him on TV, though, because despite scoring a 15 (which was the score to beat in the finals on television), he still didn’t advance any further. No real explanation for that except that Justin Blackmon Jr. beat him out. Still, I thought Trimble had enough to advance since 15 was the score to beat after the first round. Welp, guess Melo was saving it for B1G play.
- A few tweets about Melo Trimble during today’s scrimmages (which weren’t televised):
- Pretty amazing that Trimble still seems to have that great of an effect on the game even though he’s not the most coveted player at this event full of future NBA players.
- Slightly unrelated, but Paul Biancardi of ESPN had some things to say about Melo Trimble’s position moving forward for the Terps. An excerpt:
Right now, Trimble is a combo guard, which means he can run a team and get baskets at any time. He plays for a great high school coach at Bishop O’Connell in Joe Wootten, who has taught him the balance of putting up big scoring numbers and distributing to his teammates. Trimble must pay attention to making good decisions if he truly wants to be a point guard.
- I agree with that assessment, and while I think Melo Trimble is definitely more of a passer than Seth Allen is at the moment, he’s still another combo guard for the Terps right now. Still, Trimble can learn the position and blossom in it because of his willingness to pass up his own shot and being able to work with a phenomenal coach in Joe Wooten.
More to come Wednesday, when the McDonald’s All-American game starts off…