Background: At the DMV Tip Off the premier matchup was between Romelo Trimble and fellow Maryland pledge Dion Wiley. Aside from Wiley, Trimble was also going up against some talented and athletic players, so this was a good chance to see him in a game that could simulate the type of player he will be up against in college.
On Offense: Trimble has always been impressive with his ability on the offensive end, but he has taken things to a new level with his play. He showed more point guard ability than ever, and with that he still shot the ball well and found a good balance between scoring and distributing.
If there is one thing that a good offensive player has to have, it is efficiency. Trimble might be the most efficient player in the nation, and he showed it with his play against Oxon Hill (Md.) Potomac.
Despite not being a natural point guard, Trimble had very few wasted dribbles and made the correct pass. While that seems very simplistic, it is very important as well. In the past one of Trimble's flaws on the offensive end was he could over dribble and he would get "sticky hands" by not moving the ball to the right player at the right time. That however seemed to be a thing of the past based on his play at the DMV Tip Off.
Trimble was making the right pass at the right time, was hitting the ball up the floor in transition via the pass and not the dribble, and then also as usual was scoring and doing it in a variety of ways.
Always known as somebody who can really, really shoot the ball, Trimble missed a few clean looks from deep, but still shot a good percentage. Trimble was on in the mid-range and even used the bounce several times to get all the way to the rim.
Overall when it came to his performance on offense there wasn't much to critique. He showed growth as a point guard while also maintaining his identity as a scorer.
On Defense: Partly due to focus, partly due to wanting to stay out of foul trouble, and party due to some physical limitations, Trimble has never been an elite defender. While he wasn't necessarily asked to be a lockdown guy against Potomac, he still showed some growth in this area as well.
While Trimble is not an elite lateral athlete, and because of that doesn't profile as a lockdown type defender at the next level, he did show some improvements from past summers and high school seasons.
One thing that Trimble is very good at is playing passing lanes and anticipating. As is consistent with his play on the offensive end, Trimble has a great basketball IQ and seems to know when and where to be. That allows him to get steals and also take an offensive player out of what he likes to do well.
Beyond that Trimble looked a little quicker and a little stronger which allowed him to bump offensive players off of drives and keep his man out of the paint a little bit better.
He still can be exposed by a smaller, quicker guard, and that did happen on occasion, but there was definite improvement from Trimble and showed more of a commitment to being a complete player than ever before.
Overall: To say Trimble was impressive would be a massive understatement. Some other guards in the country, and even the Washington DC area, get more press than him, but everything that Trimble does translates to the college level. Having a refined game that a coach can look to from day one is rare, but Trimble has it.
Right now Trimble finds himself as a four-star prospect and the No. 35 player overall in the class of 2014. With his performance at the DMV Tip Off Classic combined with his some physical development and improvement, it is very possible that he could take a jump in the rankings.
Most importantly though for Maryland, a team that has been dogged by inconsistent guard play this season, Trimble looks ready to step in right away and compete for a starting spot. He is that good and that ready to make an impact.
Brian Snow and Rachel Klein contributed to this report.