O’Connell junior Melo Trimble embraced his move to the point guard position this season, learning to pick his spots to attack with the ball in his hands more than ever. In the past week, the 6-foot-2 guard has provided a reminder that a pass-first mindset doesn’t have to slow down his scoring.
Trimble posted his two highest point totals of the season in back-to-back games, hitting for 33 points in Saturday’s 80-75 loss to Cathedral Prep (Pa.) and 31 points in Tuesday’s 83-65 win over Good Counsel. The University of Maryland commit came out aggressive against the Falcons, scoring 17 points in an impressive first quarter.
“I’ve been looking at Maryland, and I see what they’re lacking on: a lot of scoring,” said Trimble, who has increased his average to a team-best 19.5 points per game. “I want to keep improving on it. That way when I get to the next level it’s there already.”
Trimble has shown the ability to put the ball in the hoop since he arrived at the Arlington private school. At shooting guard, Trimble led the Knights in scoring each of the past two years.
Before the recent scoring burst, he had reached the 20-point mark just twice in his previous 10 games. After Tuesday’s win, Trimble said he’s made a conscious effort to look for his shot more within the offense, and he’s continued to help out the team in other ways, adding seven rebounds and five assists against Good Counsel.
But Trimble is still growing into his newfound role. He picked up two offensive fouls and was whistled for carrying three times on Tuesday. But overall Coach Joe Wootten has been pleased with Trimble’s progress as a floor general and credits the switch as part of the reason the Knights have posted more wins this season (16) than all of last season (14).
“He can score the ball, but he’s done a great job of transitioning to the point,” Wootten said. “I think it’s actually helped his scoring because now you don’t know: Is he going to run the offense or is he going to score?”
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