When Romelo Trimble steps onto the court, he's typically the most muscular guy in a uniform. He has bulked himself into a true power guard, and his play over the past 12 months catapulted from middle top-100 status all the way into this prestigious affair.
Trimble has played both guard positions in practice for the East team, which presumably will start Tyus Jones at point guard in the actual game on Wednesday night. Nevertheless, Trimble has performed solidly in his audition for a floor general role as well, and in Monday's practice he used his body effectively to convert tough finishes in traffic — including one with his left hand to elude two long-armed shotblockers.
His future collegiate home, Maryland, finished at a lowly No. 113 in adjusted offensive efficiency this past season. That means Trimble will have an opportunity to step in and bolster a program that needs scoring punch.
"Being a point guard next year, we're going to need scoring," Trimble said. "I think this year Dez (Wells) had to do a lot and now with me and Seth (Allen) and the other recruits coming in, we'll hopefully be able to balance out the scoring."
Ranked No. 35 in the senior class, Trimble slots lower on the totem pole in that regard than most of the other players here. Every year, discussion ensues about various players and whether they're good enough for the game. Well, Trimble proved today that he can be an asset for his squad even against the most elite competition. Accolades and rankings aside, he's proving in Chicago that he's worthy of the honor.
"The whole experience is good," Trimble said. "You're playing against the top in the country. I'm just playing quiet and getting some guys involved, but it's nice because out here everyone will go at each other. At home, if someone knows you're good they may back off, but everyone here is good."
Only six months separate us from the opening of the 2014-15 season, so Trimble clearly doesn't have much more time prior to his enrollment and entrance onto the Terrapin scene. He already has taken steps to prepare himself for the challenge.
His future coach, Mark Turgeon, is eager to see what his McDonald's signee can do himself.
"I talked to Coach Turgeon last week and he told me he can't wait until I get there," Trimble said. "I can't wait, either."