Here's the first question that springs to mind when assessing Romelo Trimble's game: Is he actually a point guard?
That's a debate that has raged here at Scout.com and elsewhere, given that he bears tendencies for both point guard and shooting guard. But Maryland recruited him ostensibly to play that position, and therefore that's where he slots on this corner of the internet.
Trimble gained notice outside the D.C. metro area as a sophomore. Playing for strong Bishop O'Connell, he proved that he successfully could compete against older players. He approached his recruitment very proactively, making early unofficial visits to Georgetown, Virginia Tech, N.C. State and Rutgers.
At the beginning, most scouts considered him a wing. Even Trimble himself viewed his game as more wing-oriented, and prior to his junior season he decided to make a switch.
"I have been playing shooting guard all my life, but I am seeing that I am not really growing, so I know it would be good to play the point guard position," Trimble told Scout.com's Brian Snow. "If I do it now and get ready for it before college then I will be prepared and get more looks."
He added that he'd patterned that progress after UNC-bound, D.C. Assault teammate Nate Britt.
By the time he committed the Terrapins in December, 2012 — assistant Dalonte Hill contributed mightily to the win — Trimble had accumulated offers from Cincinnati, Xavier, Rutgers, Virginia Tech, Miami and George Mason.
Maryland did sign Roddy Peters out of the 2013 class for point guard, but the Terps also boast ample wing depth. Chances are, Trimble indeed will begin his career in College Park at point guard with the obvious possibility to play both backcourt spots.
Wherever he lines up, Trimble's primary job will be to score. Maryland has functioned well as a defense-oriented squad during Mark Turgeon's two seasons at the helm, but sputtering offense at times has plagued the team.
Trimble holds an inherent physical edge over most opponents, and especially point guards. He has a very powerful upper body that enables him to push, shove and, if necessary, bowl over defenders.
He loves to utilize high ball screens at the top of the key, then set up long jump shots. He takes his time pushing through and likes to eyeball the defender's decision before taking action. If an ambitious opponent fights over the top of the screen (let's face it, pretty rare in summer basketball), he'll take the opportunity to drive to the rim. As defenses become much more intense in college, he'll likely strike a more balanced scoring attack.
Not saying he's as good or will enjoy the same level of success, but Trimble's body type and playing style remind of the older version of Chauncey Billups. In the same way that Billups succeeded on sharpshooting, strength and guile, Trimble attempts to get his points in a similar fashion.
He also possesses the tools to become a strong defender, and clearly that will be requisite for him to play big minutes for Turgeon.
Average athleticism stands out most. Trimble isn't the quickest driver nor the most explosive finisher, and superior athletes therefore can cause him grief. Certain defenders can crowd him effectively, and at times he's overly reliant on screens. In fairness, however, the college game has moved decidedly in that direction and screen fiends enjoy brighter odds than they did in the past.
Defense also could prove a challenge, depending. Trimble should be fine guarding opposing wings, but elite point guards may be able to put him under duress off the dribble. Additionally, he has been inconsistent with his shot from time to time, and he'll need to achieve a steady rate because shooting constitutes such a major part of his game.
And while he has improved as a handler and distributor, playmaking remains an area he'll need to cultivate further in order to succeed at point guard full-time.
Trimble has the intelligence and physical wherewithal to compete right away. He should be able to earn a spot in the rotation as a freshman and, if he can knock down shots, should enjoy a significant role.
And however he starts out for the Terps, his importance should increase over time. Because he's strong and can shoot, he'll fill a need while also fitting the program's burgeoning reputation for toughness.
His commitment also represented a hopeful present and future for the Terrapins, as they move to a conference outside their geographical footprint. Getting hometown talent therefore looms more important than ever, and the fact that Trimble also happens to be a top-50 prospect is the cherry on top.