Three centerpieces of Maryland's Sweet 16 team have declared for the NBA Draft. Two have signed or plan to sign with an agent. One could still return to school.
Here are the latest projections for each of those players, according to a DraftExpress.com mock released this week.
No. 23 overall: Diamond Stone, Atlanta Hawks
Stone has declared for the draft and officially signed with an agent, meaning that his college career is over and he is 100 percent in on the NBA Draft. This is where his stock has seemed to settle in after he moved all the way up into the Top 10, according to DraftExpress, at points during the season.
At just 19 years old with that much offensive upside, going in the early 20s of the draft would be the right mix of having guaranteed money while still being allowed time to develop before major expectations are placed on you.
No. 37 overall: Melo Trimble, Houston Rockets
Trimble late-season slump made his stock slip into the second round. For a time, he was projected No. 35 overall. That appears to have slipped a bit to No. 37 overall.
Trimble has declared but not yet signed an agent, giving him the flexibility to withdraw and return to school by May 25. Much will hinge on how he performs in Chicago at the NBA Draft Combine, assuming he gets an invite to the event.
If he plays well there, he could help himself.
No. 52 overall: Robert Carter, Jr., Denver Nuggets
Like Stone, Carter has declared for the draft and plans to sign with an agent. Working the most in his favor is the fact that he has a skill set that is coveted in today's NBA -- a power forward who can stretch the floor.
His work ethic is unquestioned, which explains his improvement from his time at Georgia Tech to his one season at Maryland.
THE OTHER TERP:
No. 46 overall: Jake Layman, Boston Celtics
After expending his eligibility, Layman reportedly signed with an agent and is now working out in Chicago before the start of the draft.
Layman became Maryland's best perimeter defender as as senior, which would have seemed unlikely considering where he was as a freshman on that end of the floor. His versatility will be intriguing to teams, as will his ability to shoot from the perimeter.