D.C. Assault connection working for Maryland

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Bishop O'Connell guard Romelo Trimble's verbal commitment Thursday morning is another encouraging sign that Maryland is becoming a recruiting force in the D.C. area under Mark Turgeon.

Trimble, a 6-2 combo guard who averaged 21 points per game last year as a sophomore, isn't explosive or spectacularly gifted. But he's a solid four-star recruit, rated among the top 25 point guards in the class of 2014.

Trimble played last summer for D.C. Assault, the elite AAU program that has produced several of the D.C. area's top players. Two other D.C. Assault players, 6-4 Roddy Peters (Suitland) and 6-9 Damonte Dodd (Queen Anne's), signed with the Terps in November. Helping make the Maryland-D.C. Assault connection possible has been Terps assistant Dalonte Hill, a former coach at D.C. Assault.

It all adds up to a bright future for Maryland as the Terps continue to stockpile talent. Here's a look at who might be in the rotation in 2014:

The frontcourt, assuming Alex Len has turned pro, could be manned by 6-9 Shaquille Cleare (junior), 6-8 Charles Mitchell (junior), 6-9 Evan Smotrycz (senior) and Dodd (sophomore).

The backcourt could include 6-1 Seth Allen (junior), Peters (sophomore) and Trimble, all multiskilled guards who can handle either the point or wing positions. The team also could have 6-5 Dez Wells (senior) and 6-6 Nick Faust (senior), depending on how fast they develop and how attractive they become to the NBA. And don't forget 6-8 Jake Layman (junior), a versatile wing player who has struggled so far as a freshman but has national team experience.

- Kevin Dunleavy

kdunleavy@washingtonexaminer.com

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