Former Maryland Terrapins’ star Melo Trimble did not hear his name called during Thursday night’s NBA Draft. However, his journey to playing in the NBA continues, as he signed a free-agent deal with the Philadelphia 76ers. Chris Haynes of ESPN was the first to report the signing.
Trimble averaged 15.9 points, 3.9 assists, 3.7 rebounds, and 1.2 steals in three seasons at Maryland. Now, he has the task of impressing 76ers head coach Brett Brown and his staff. Philadelphia adds Trimble after they selected Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 pick overall Thursday.
Trimble’s draft stock slid over the course of his collegiate career. He was once viewed as a potential lottery pick in his freshman year. However, concerns grew over his lack of footwork on defense, lack of strength, and consistency with shooting diminished his stock. He got bullied by bigger guards, and showed a lack of effort in trailing on the pick and roll.
His decisions on degree of difficulty shots helped lower his outside shooting percentage. As a freshman he shot 41 percent from three. He then shot 31.5 percent from three over the next two seasons in large due to settling for difficult shots.
While the negatives were enough to scare off NBA teams from drafting him, he has a lot of potential that could equate into a good professional career. He has a quick release on his shot very similar to Steph Curry. He can get his shot off against any type of defense. His shooting form is near perfect when he does not make the shot too difficult.
He will get a chance to improve on his weaknesses through the summer with the 76ers. And with the league moving to two-way deals that garner NBA G-League action, Trimble can have the opportunity to develop and improve his game for an eventual landing in the NBA. The process for him is far from over, but his dynamic ability to score will give him a good deal of chance to make it professionally.