Once the 2014-15 season came to an end at the hands of the West Virginia Mountaineers in the NCAA Tournament, it looked like the Maryland Terrapins were going to have a new look next season. The program was coming off a very successful season in their first go-round in the Big Ten, and hope to be a big threat for seasons to come. However, next year’s team will have a different look and feel to it in comparison to this past year’s squad.
Evan Smotrycz? Graduated. Dez Wells? Graduated, also. Richaud Pack? You guessed it…graduated. The status of Jake Layman is up in the air, and it’s expected that freshman Jared Nickens will return to College Park for a second season.
The key piece that people were wondering about was freshman Melo Trimble. After a strong freshman campaign, it was widely speculated that the guard would leave school early for the NBA Draft. We didn’t need to wait long for the decision, and Terrapin fans are rejoicing all over College Park, and the rest of the Big Ten has been put on notice.
Melo Trimble will don his #2 jersey for the Maryland Terrapins once again in 2015-16, as he decided to return to school after discussions between himself, his mother, and head coach Mark Turgeon.
As a freshman, Trimble averaged an impressive 16.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per contest to help lead the Maryland Terrapins to success in their first year in their new conference. When Dez Wells went down with an injury, Trimble stepped up and helped the team keep on clicking, barely missing a beat in the process.
Trimble’s strong play was a big factor in helping Maryland record a school-record 26 wins in the regular season. They also reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2010, creating a ton of optimism around the program in the process.
The loss of Smotrycz, Wells, and Pack will undoubtedly hurt, but the Terrapins should be just fine. With Trimble returning, and potentially Jared Nickens (6.1 ppg) and Jake Layman (12.5 ppg) coming back to College Park, Mark Turgeon has a solid foundation to build around. Throw in incoming recruits like Diamond Stone (ESPN #7 recruit) and Jaylen Brantley (JUCO), Maryland will be a top contender in the Big Ten once again in 2015-16.
The rest of the Big Ten better be ready next season. The Maryland Terrapins are coming back strong, and looking to build off the successes of this season.