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Posted at 07:37 AM ET, 12/13/2012

Melo Trimble, O’Connell basketball standout, commits to Maryland Terrapins

Thursday marked the birthday of Melo Trimble’s mother, but the O’Connell junior guard gave Terps fans reason to join the celebration by committing to Maryland.

Trimble, whose final list also included Cincinnati and Xavier, made his announcement Thursday morning before flying out with his teammates for the Hilton Garden Inn Classic in Kentucky.

“I feel like I fit in real well with the program and I like Coach [Mark] Turgeon’s coaching style because he lets you play,”Trimble said in an interview with The Post. “He talked about using me and [Suitland senior] Roddy Peters interchangeably at the guard positions and he likes my shooting ability. This is where I want to be so I figured I’d commit now and get it out of the way.”

Calling Maryland his “dream school,” Trimble immediately made up his mind when the Terrapins offered him a scholarship during a visit to College Park in late August. He also made unofficial visits to Rutgers and Virginia Tech.

After averaging 21 points and earning third-team All-Met honors as a
Bishop O'Connell's Melo Trimble, right, tries to strip the ball from Lackey's Dhonte Ford. (James A. Parcell - FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)
sophomore, Trimble saw his stock rise even higher this summer thanks to an impressive showing on the AAU circuit with DC Assault. This season, Trimble shifted to point guard, where he is averaging 18 points per game for the 4-0 Knights.

“I’m very happy for him. Coach Turgeon has been to our gym three or four times this fall, so you can tell how excited he is about Melo,” said Knights Coach Joe Wootten, who attended Maryland. “He likes how coachable he is and really likes his game.”

Trimble is the second player from the area to commit to the Terrapins this fall, joining Peters, who signed with Maryland in November.

By Brandon Parker  |  07:37 AM ET, 12/13/2012

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