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Last Look: Where Terps are projected to go in 2016 NBA Draft

Last Look: Where Terps are projected to go in 2016 NBA Draft

The 2016 NBA Draft takes place on Thursday, beginning at 7 p.m. That means one final look at mock drafts to see where three Maryland Terrapins are projected to be taken. 

The following is where DraftExpress.com sees each Terp being selected.

Diamond Stone | Freshman | Center | No. 30 overall | Golden State Warriors

With questions about his maturity and the knowledge that whoever takes Stone will be in for a multi-year developmental project on the court, a place like Golden State would be perfect for the one-and-done Terp.

After reaching two straight Finals, the Warriors are in no real rush to plug a player into their rotation from the draft. Instead, they could utilize their well-regarded D-League affiliate to get Stone reps and develop his game before much is asked of him at the NBA level.

The offensive upside is there. He needs to improve defensively, especially in the pick-and-roll, and his athletic numbers raised some eyebrows. Still, at just 19 years old a team should be willing to take a chance on him.

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Robert Carter, Jr. | Redshirt Junior | Power Forward | No. 47 overall | Orlando Magic

Orlando has a good young core of players, but outside of Ersan Ilyasova lacks the type of frontcourt floor stretchers that the new NBA demands. That's where Carter could be added to fill a role. 

Carter's three-point shooting numbers jumped significantly from his sophomore season at Georgia Tech to his redshirt junior season at Maryland. Expect the upward trend to continue. He also showed flashes of a strong interior game. 

His athleticism and defensive ceiling are the things that have pushed him into the second round of many mocks, but the team that takes him could be getting a long-time NBA contributor.

Jake Layman | Senior | Small Foward | No. 52 overall | Utah Jazz

Layman says he models his game after Gordon Hayward, who he would able to play alongside if he were in fact taken by the Jazz in the second round. 

The Massachusetts native played a clear role as a defensive agitator and three-point shooter on a talented Maryland team last season. That's essentially what he would be asked to do at the next level. 

Aggressiveness and confidence are the lingering question with Layman, though the versatility with his mix of height and athleticism will intrigue teams.

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Palmer's big 2nd half lifts Huskers past Maryland

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Palmer's big 2nd half lifts Huskers past Maryland

LINCOLN, Neb. -- James Palmer Jr. scored 24 of his 26 points in the second half, Isaiah Roby had all 11 of his after half, and Nebraska held off Maryland 70-66 on Tuesday night.

Palmer and Roby combined for 35 of the Cornhuskers' 40 second-half points, and they secured their first 20-win season since 2008. They won a sixth straight conference game for the first time in 20 years.

Palmer scored 15 straight points for the Huskers (20-8, 11-4 Big Ten) over a 10-minute span that ended when Roby hit one of two free throws with 2:57 left for a 64-59 lead. Roby had a double-double, with 10 rebounds, and he also blocked three shots.

The Terps (17-11, 6-9) had a chance to take the lead with a minute to play, but Glynn Watson Jr. blocked Anthony Cowan Jr.'s 3-point try, Evan Taylor came up with the loose ball and got it to Watson.

Watson missed a 3-pointer coming out of a timeout, and Roby got the rebound and was immediately fouled. He made both free throws for a 66-63 lead. Kevin Huerter's layin cut it to one point before Watson made two free throws.

Huerter went to the line with 2.8 seconds left, and after making the first free throw he intentionally missed the second. Palmer got the rebound, was fouled and put the game away with two free throws.

Bruno Fernando led the Terps with 21 points and nine rebounds. Huerter added 12 points and Darryl Morsell had 11.

BIG PICTURE

Maryland: The Terps' fading NCAA Tournament hopes might have been dashed with their seventh straight road loss.

Nebraska: The Huskers are resting firmly on the NCAA bubble and absolutely needed this win. They got it, thanks to Palmer and Roby's efforts in the second half.

UP NEXT

Maryland hosts Rutgers on Saturday. It's the teams' only meeting this season.

Nebraska visits Illinois. The Huskers beat the Illini 64-63 in Lincoln on Jan. 15.

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Maryland overwhelmed by Penn State in close loss

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Maryland overwhelmed by Penn State in close loss

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Lamar Stevens feels like he's playing his most consistent basketball right now, a bad omen for upcoming opponents considering Penn State expects its hybrid forward to do a little bit of everything.

Just like he did on Wednesday.

Stevens scored 25 points on 10-of-12 shooting with 14 in the second half to lift Penn State over Maryland 74-70.

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"Lamar really stepped up for us," Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said. "We needed every one of those points that he had tonight."

Tony Carr added 16 points, Josh Reaves scored 14, and Mike Watkins added 11 for the Nittany Lions (17-9, 7-6 Big Ten Conference), who equaled their previous best mark for conference victories under Chambers.

"The best teams always find ways to win," Stevens said. "We locked down when we had to, got huge stops, huge rebounds and I think that's a huge step for this team."

With Maryland (16-10, 5-8) up 20-14 midway through the first half, Stevens nailed his first of two 3-pointers to spark a quick 9-0 run that helped Penn State take control.

He rolled layups off his fingers and sank midrange jumpers on multiple back-to-back possessions in the second half, where he scored 11 of his team's first 20 points.

"He made some incredible, incredible shots," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. "He was terrific, he was so efficient."

Stevens added four rebounds, two assists and was 3-for-4 on free throws with all three makes coming in the final 5:48 as Maryland threatened.

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Anthony Cowan Jr. led Maryland with 15 points while Kevin Huerter and Bruno Fernando added 13 apiece.

Darryl Morsell had 10 points for the Terrapins, who cut a 10-point deficit with 8:11 to play to just three with 1:13 left.

"I didn't think we competed in the first half defensively," Turgeon said. "I thought in the second half, we were really trying hard."

BIG PICTURE

Maryland: The Terrapins' disappointing season continues and they have dropped to 7-7 since stalwart forward Justin Jackson's season was ended by a torn shoulder ligament in late December. Although they shot better than their season average, the Terrapins were badly outplayed in the paint, getting outscored 32-22 and outrebounded 27-23.

Penn State: The Nittany Lions are playing an exciting brand of basketball as of late. They have a combined 22 dunks over their last three home games and opponents are finding it hard to play fast against a team that thrives on speed.