COLLEGE PARK — Melo Trimble has become a cult hero at point guard for Maryland fans over the past two seasons.
Now he may be playing a slightly different position as a junior.
5-10 freshman Anthony Cowan.
“He’s going to give him something we haven’t had the past two seasons,” Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said after Thursday’s practice. “He can add a lot defensively and Melo is excited about having him and us having a new look. Melo scored in only certain situations the past two years and he’s going to have more opportunities off the ball this season.”
The Terps lost four starters — Rasheed Sulaimon, Jake Layman, Robert Carter, and Diamond Stone — from last year’s team that lost to Kansas in the Sweet 16, but this year’s group may be less talented with better chemistry.
With Cowan and Trimble in the back court and 6-6 freshman Kevin Huerter on the wing, Maryland’s overall IQ should be terrific.
Turgeon also has always loved Damonte Dodd’s intangibles at center.
Duquesne transfer L.G. Gill and freshman Justin Jackson will split time at power forward.
“There are some similarities to the team we had two years ago,” Turgeon said in reference to the 2014-15 team that over achieved and won 28 games two seasons ago. “The way they practice. The way they play. There’s definitely similarities.”
Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.