For Romelo Trimble, the chance to become a Terrapin was too good to pass on.
Trimble committed to Maryland last week, but planned to make it public today as a birthday present for his mother.
So after holding of a while on committing at his parents request, the 6-foot-2 guard recently accepted Maryland coach Mark Turgeon's scholarship offer, ensuring he'll play college basketball at the school of which he's always been a fan.
Trimble actually committed to Maryland last week, but planned to announce his commitment today via Twitter. The news went public this morning.
"When they offered, I wanted to do it right away, but my parents wanted me to wait a little bit and take some visits. Then we talked about it and I wanted to announce it [today] for my mom's birthday," said Trimble, a 6-foot-2 junior who averaged 20 points per game as a sophomore in the talent-laden Washington Catholic Athletic Conference.
"It's always been my dream school. When I was young, Maryland was all you saw. You saw a little bit of Georgetown, but mostly Maryland," he said.
Trimble's long expressed his desire to play for Maryland, but it seemed unlikely he'd receive an offer until last summer, when his coaches with the D.C. Assault AAU program convinced him to transition to the point from shooting guard.
"When I was playing shooting guard, I didn't think it would happen. Most point guards now are six feet or taller and I was just a 6-2 shooting guard," he said.
With Maryland in need of guards and targeting several other 2014 players at the position, Trimble, regarded by some as a top-50 player in 2014, knew time was of the essence.
"Coach Turgeon told me they were only going to take two guards and he wanted me to be one of the key guards. Maryland is where I really wanted to go," Trimble said. "It's a dream come true."
Stay tuned for more on Trimble's commitment and what it means to Maryland's resurgent basketball program.
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