COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Former Maryland basketball players Melo Trimble and Jake Layman returned to College Park Saturday night to attend Maryland’s matchup against Rutgers. Both Maryland greats were introduced as the honorary captains of the game, earning a standing ovation from the Maryland crowd.
Trimble, a three-time All-Big Ten selection, led Maryland to its third straight NC0AA Tournament appearance in 2017, averaging a team-high 16.8 points per game. He is one of 15 players to earn all-conference honors three times at Maryland. He owns a 30-8 overall record (10-3 in 2016-17) in games decided by six points or less.
Maryland won 79 games during Trimble's three-year tenure in College Park. The Upper Marlboro, Md., native is one of four players in Maryland history to record 1,600 points, 400 assists and 150 steals, joining Terrapin legends Greivis Vasquez, Walt Williams and Johnny Rhodes.
“It feels good to be back,” Trimble said. “It’s very different sitting on the other side of the bench. I’m used to sitting courtside with the team and putting that uniform on, so it’s very different but I’m excited to be back.”
Trimble capped his career ranked second all-time in career made free throws (503), 13th in scoring (1,658), 13th in assists (403), eighth in made three-point field goals (177), 19th in steals (124) and boasted 92 games in double-figure scoring. Layman, a two-time All-Big Ten pick from Wrentham, Mass., tied Juan Dixon for the most games played at Maryland (114).
He capped his Maryland career ranked 18th in points (1,436) and rebounds (674). The 6-9 forward is one of only 12 players in school history to record 1,400 points and 600 rebounds. Layman led Maryland to 97 wins over his four seasons in College Park.
In 2016, he led the Terps to the Sweet 16, marking the program’s first appearance in the Sweet 16 in 13 seasons. Layman shined during the 2015-16 postseason run, matching a career-high 27 points against South Dakota State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. He averaged 11.6 points and 5.3 rebounds per game while shooting .500 from the floor and .832 from the charity stripe.
“It’s exciting,” Layman said. “I’ve wanted to get back here to catch a game for a long time now and I’m happy finally be able to do it.”