O’Connell guard Melo Trimble and Bullis forward Lynee’ Belton were named McDonald’s All-Americans on Wednesday. Trimble, a Maryland recruit, and Belton, a Duke recruit, were two of 48 boys’ and girls’ players selected from across the nation to play in the 37th annual high school basketball showcase, which will be held in Chicago on April 2.
Trimble said he figured he had made the team when Knights Coach Joe Wootten called a team dinner on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., but that didn’t spoil Trimble’s excitement when his selection was made official during an ESPNU telecast.
“It’s a great feeling to be a McDonald’s All-American,” the All-Met guard said. “When I first came to Bishop O’Connell, I just wanted to be the best basketball player that I could be but I didn’t really think I was going to make the McDonald’s game or anything like that. It’s a great honor.”
Blessed with a sweet outside shot and strong scoring ability, Trimble has elevated his national profile during the past year. After committing to Maryland in December 2012, the 6-foot-3 guard led O’Connell to the WCAC championship and the top spot in The Post’s final boys’ basketball rankings last season.
Following a strong summer showing with the D.C. Assault program and an appearance in the Under Armour Elite 24 game, Trimble entered this season ranked No. 37 in the ESPN Top 100 senior class rankings. Behind Trimble’s team-high 21.6 points per game, the Knights are currently tied for first atop the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference standings and ranked No. 5 by The Post.
“I’m excited to be chosen for the team, but I’m not going to let that affect me during this year,” Trimble said. “I’m still trying to get a repeat (WCAC title) and of course, still try to get better for the next level.”
Belton led Bullis to the ISL AA tournament championship and earned second-team All-Met honors last season after averaging a team-high 14.2 points. The 6-foot-2 senior is averaging 21.5 points for the Bulldogs after missing the first twelve games of this season with a concussion,
Trimble is the first area boys’ player to be named a McDonald’s All-American since 2010, when O’Connell alumnus and current Los Angeles Lakers guard Kendall Marshall made the team. (Quinn Cook, who played at DeMatha for three years before transferring to Oak Hill Academy as a senior, was selected to the 2011 roster). The last Maryland recruit to be named to the prestigious team was Mike Jones in 2003.
St. John’s alumnus and current Notre Dame freshman Lindsey Allen was selected to the girls’ roster last year.
Trimble will be coached by a familiar face, as Riverdale Baptist Coach Louis Wilson was selected to lead the East team in this year’s contest.
The McDonald’s All-American games will take place at Chicago’s United Center, with the girls tipping off at 7 p.m. EST and the boys’ playing at 9:30.