5 | MARYLAND

November 09, 2015

PULLING OUT ALL THE STOPS

As a freshman, Melo Trimble led the Terrapins in minutes (33.5 per game) and scoring (16.2 points). He was also one of their worst points-per-possession defenders. Essentially, the 6'3" playmaker was nonstop—on both ends of the court. "Coach [Mark] Turgeon told me he really couldn't take me out because I scored a lot," Trimble says, "but my defense was terrible."

Maryland should suffer fewer defensive deficiencies this winter. A team that led the Big Ten in field goal percentage D (39.5% shooting allowed) is bigger with the additions of 6'9" junior forward Robert Carter Jr., a transfer from Georgia Tech, and 6'11" freshman Diamond Stone. And with that extra depth behind him, the Terps' most valuable player can push his defensive aggression. "[Trimble] will be allowed to foul," Turgeon said. "Last year he'd get a foul, and it would be, 'I don't want to even see two.'"

Although Trimble scored in the 90th percentile nationally in transition (1.345 points per possession), spot-up (1.259) and isolation (1.027) scenarios, per Synergy Sports data, he craved a more complete game. So he watched film of Clippers guard Chris Paul to learn how to stay active and spearhead a defense. "It's [about] not being lazy," Trimble says. "I want to take pride in it. I want to be able to check anyone."

PROJECTED TEAM STATS

OFFENSIVE EFFICIENCY 115.6 (10th)

DEFENSIVE EFFICIENCY 92.5 (8th)

BIG TEN RECORD 14--4 (1st)

X-FACTOR

Rasheed Sulaimon was averaging 7.5 points at Duke before being dismissed from the program last January for failing to meet team standards. Will the 6'4" senior guard be productive or divisive in College Park?

STAT SHEET

With 2015--16 projections for the top six scorers

Coach Mark Turgeon (5th season)

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PPG RPG APG OFF. RATING USAGE
PG Melo Trimble* 6'3" Soph. 16.3 3.9 3.2 117.9 24.1%
SF Jake Layman* 6'9" Sr. 12.8 5.5 1.4 114.5 21.9%
F-C Diamond Stone* 6'11" Fr. 11.4 7.5 0.9 118.0 21.1%
PF Robert Carter Jr.* 6'9" Jr. 10.1 7.9 0.8 110.4 21.2%
SG Rasheed Sulaimon* 6'4" Sr. 8.6 3.1 2.2 115.0 18.8%
SF Jared Nickens 6'7" Soph. 7.7 2.5 0.7 118.8 15.4%

*Starter

TOURNAMENT TRACKER

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TITLE GAME

FINAL FOUR

ELITE EIGHT

SWEET 16

ROUND OF 32

ROUND OF 64

'11--12

'12--13

'13--14

'14--15

'15--16

PHOTOSIMON BRUTY FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (TRIMBLE) PHOTOMARYLAND ATHLETICS (SULAIMON) CHART

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)