The Maryland men’s basketball team formally announced its four-man recruiting class of 2014 on Thursday evening, meaning Bishop O’Connell guard Melo Trimble finally signed and faxed his national letter-of-intent to round out the group. He joins center Trayvon Reed, shooting guard Dion Wiley and small forward Jared Nickens.
“It was huge,” Coach Mark Turgeon said Friday. “What a great week. I just really like our class. We kept two local guards home that we put a lot of time and effort into. Both great kids, want to be at Maryland. We added some size and length, even Melo’s almost 6-3. I feel like we really added a great shooting class.
And then Trayvon Reed, if you watch us now, we don’t’ protect the rim. Trayvon’s a legit 7-2, guys, with shoes on, and a 7-4 wingspan which is more than Alex [Len]’s wingspan. He’s going to help us protect the rim, he likes to defend, he likes to protect the rim, he likes to run the floor. We feel really good about it. I think their personalities and the type of kids they are will fit in right away. There’s not going to be any jealousies or any of that kidn of stuff. They’re all really humble, really good basketball kids. We’re excited. It was a great day on Wednesday when we got everything in.”
Links to previous stories about these four future Terrapins are below, in addition to the deluge of quotes sent out in the program’s press release.
MELO TRIMBLE (6 feet 2, 190 pounds, Arlington)
Turgeon on Trimble: “Romelo is a point guard with great vision who is equally adept as a passer and scorer. He excels in the pick-and-roll and was the first young man to commit to our program and played a pivotal role as we built this outstanding class. He is a winner on and off the court and we’re excited to have him at Maryland.”
DION WILEY (6 feet 4, 210 pounds, Oxon Hill)
Turgeon on Wiley: “When you ask coaches about Dion, they always share how loyal he is to his team and teammates. He is an outstanding young man who has a tremendous upside joining our program. His ability to knock down a jump shot also complements his great passing ability.”
JARED NICKENS (6 feet 6, 180 pounds, Norristown, Pa.)
Nickens: “It’s very exciting to be attending the University of Maryland. I had a great visit and it was a great fit for me. I love the school. Coach Turgeon, [assistant coach Scott] Spinelli and the entire staff had all of the players’ best interests in mind during my visit. This is an outstanding place to fulfill my dream and to succeed both academically and athletically. I’m going to get a great education and Maryland instantly felt like family.”
TRAYVON REED (7 feet 1, 218 pounds, Snellville, Ga.)
Reed: “I feel like Maryland is a great fit for me. Coach Bino Ranson and I formed a strong bond and I feel like the entire coaching staff is down to earth. I take pride in rebounding, blocking shots and running the floor and I’ve been working on my post moves to improve my offensive game.”
Turgeon on Reed: “Trayvon is a long athletic rim-protector and very skilled for his size. He is a willing passer with a big upside and a very bright future.”