COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The last time Melo Trimble walked into the XFINITY Center, things were very different.
He was headed to Orlando and Las Vegas as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers Summer League team, focused on securing an NBA contract.
Six weeks later, Melo, visiting with his former Terp teammates, is preparing to begin his NBA journey as a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Long gone is his trademark hairstyle that Terp fans grew accustom to during his three years as one of the most prolific scorers in College Park. Now Trimble, who entered school as a young freshman weighing more than 204 pounds, is now down to a svelte 187 with a fresh cut.
“I’ve been working to get stronger. I feel leaner and I’m excited to get started,” said Trimble, who left for Minnesota on Monday.
When asked about why he cut his hair, Trimble said he was looking for a different look and a fresh start.
“You know me,” he quipped. “I’m always trying to start a trend.”
Since signing with Minnesota on August 1, Trimble has spent a significant amount of time in Minneapolis, working out with his new teammates. During that time, he’s met briefly with Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau, who encouraged him to come into camp looking to make shots, play defense and most importantly, be himself.
Trimble’s journey will include Timberwolves training camp, highlighted by a trip to China for a two-game set with the reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors.
As he watched his former team practice, Trimble smiled and said it was great to visit with his coaches, teammates and staff.
“This is my home,” Trimble said. “We had a lot of special memories here and it’s always great to be back.”