August 18, 2018

Maryland Terrapins 2015-16 Season Position Outlook: Point Guard

(Photo by: AP Photo)

(Photo by: AP Photo)

In what will be a special season for the Maryland Terrapins basketball team, how great they really are will likely start and stop with point guard Melo Trimble who is coming off of a historic and record breaking freshman year. One might think that Trimble will have a difficult time trying to improve on a season where he averaged 16 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists per game, but with more weapons, greater understanding of the game, and a better shaped body that should be no problem at all. He was not picked to be the Big Ten player of the year for nothing.

During the Terps Media Day, Mark Turgeon has mentioned that last year Trimble was asked to take on more of a scoring load while this year he will be needed to be more of a traditional point guard as a distributor. No doubt will Trimble be one of the Terrapins primary scoring option because his 41.2 percent shooting percentage from beyond the arc and knack of getting to the free throw line, nearly seven free throws attempted per game, is unmatched.

However now with a dominant pick-and-roll options in transfer Robert Carter Jr. and freshman Diamond Stone, Trimble will likely have an abundance of chances to have the assist on layups as well as on kick outs to three point shooters. Teams will have to pick their poison on whether to rotate off of Maryland shooters to Trimble or stay put and and let the Upper Marlboro native showcase his own lethal skill set.

Simply put, Maryland’s offense is going to be crazy good when Melo Trimble is on the floor. Turgeon expects to push Trimble to be a better defender after taking it easy on him during is freshmen year for fear of losing his lone ball handler to foul trouble.

(Photo by: @Jaybrant2)

(Photo by: @Jaybrant2)

The fact that Trimble was the Terps lone ball handler that Turgeon was the main reason why Maryland’s magical season came to a sudden end last year. Now in an underrated move by assistant coach Dustin Clark, Maryland has a true backup point guard in junior college transfer Jaylen Brantley.

Brantley first got on the national scene as the orchestrator of a loaded BABC AAU team that included names like Nerlens Noel, Wayne Selden, Michael Carter-Williams, Georges Niang and fellow Terp Jake Layman.

The former four-star recruit is a smart decision maker, good passer and distributor, as well as a sharpshooter. Although there are many other options at shooting guards such as Rasheed Sulaimon, Jared Nickens, and Dion Wiley (who will be discussed tomorrow), we could actually see sets where Brantley plays along side Trimble because he really does have a strong skill set.

(Photo by: Baltimore Sun)

(Photo by: Baltimore Sun)

Although Trimble and Brantley are more than capable of holding down the point guard position throughout the season, we may see in extremely limited playing time redshirt graduate Varun Ram running the offense. Ram actually would probably be put more often than not, as the anchor of an all-defensive unit as he was against Valparaiso in the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season.

Like most of Maryland’s positions on the court, they are solidly set at the point guard position led by All-American candidate Melo Trimble who will play the biggest role in the Terps success throughout the season.

About Neil Dalal

Neil Dalal is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins, Wizards, and Maryland Terrapins. Neil grew up in Silver Spring, MD and attends the University of Maryland. Neil has loved everything related to the Redskins, Wizards, Capitals, and Terrapins since he was eight years old. However, he favors the Orioles, as he started watching baseball before the Expos moved to DC. You can follow Neil on Twitter @NeilDalal96.

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