Maryland sophomore point guard Melo Trimble has been selected as the Big Ten’s preseason player of the year, the league announced Wednesday afternoon.
Trimble, who was a first team all-Big Ten selection as a freshman last season, is one of four unanimous preseason all-conference selections. That list includes Wisconsin forward Nigel Hayes, Purdue center A.J. Hammons and Michigan State forward Denzel Valentine, whom Trimble competed with this summer on the U.S. Pan American team.
A preseason all-American candidate who has also been listed on the Bob Cousy Award watch list, Trimble averaged 16.2 points, 3.0 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game as a freshman last season and helped Maryland return to the NCAA tournament for the first time in five years.
Maryland senior forward Jake Layman was also tabbed as a preseason all-Big Ten pick Wednesday. Layman, who flirted with entering the NBA draft last spring before ultimately deciding to return for his final season, averaged 12.5 points and 5.8 rebounds as a junior and was a third-team all-Big Ten selection.
The all-Big Ten team includes Indiana guards Yogi Ferrell and James Blackmon, Iowa forward Jared Uthoff, Michigan forward Caris LeVert and Wisconsin guard Bronson Koenig.
Maryland women’s basketball was also picked to win the Big Ten by the league’s coaches and media Wednesday. The Terrapins went 18-0 in conference play en route to a Final Four appearance last season, with Coach Brenda Frese taking home Big Ten coach of the year honors.
Maryland juniors Briona Jones and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough were picked for the preseason all-Big Ten team. Walker-Kimbrough was a first-team all-Big Ten pick by the coaches and media a year ago, while Jones was named first-team by the coaches and second-team by the media.