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Report: Maryland's Diamond Stone to test NBA Draft waters


Report: Maryland's Diamond Stone to test NBA Draft waters

Maryland freshman center Diamond Stone will declare for the NBA Draft but will not hire an agent, according to a report from Chris Haynes of Stone subsequently retweeted the news from his personal Twitter account.

By not hiring an agent, Stone retains his eligibility and could return to Maryland if he so chooses. The NBA Draft Combine, if he were to be invited, is set to take place from May 11-15. Players have until May 25 to pull their names out of the draft. 

Stone came to Maryland as a five-star late signee who was ranked as the sixth-best player in the class of 2015. He averaged 12.5 points and 5.4 rebounds per game as a freshman at Maryland while shooting 56.8 percent from the field and and 76.1 percent from the free-throw line.


His biggest performance of the season came on Dec. 30 against Penn State when he set a school record for points in a single game by a freshman (39). currently projects Stone to be taken with the No. 23 overall pick by the Atlanta Hawks. Stone is one of three players with an NBA Draft decision to make. Sophomore Melo Trimble and redshirt junior Robert Carter, Jr. are the other two centerpieces of the 2015-16 season who have yet to make their decisions known publicly.

UPDATE 4 APRIL 2016, 9:01 p.m. ET

While calling the situation "fluid," multiple sources have told CSN that Stone has yet to make a final decision regarding his NBA Draft future. More here.

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Maryland loses two as Justin Jackson declares for NBA Draft, will sign with agent


Maryland loses two as Justin Jackson declares for NBA Draft, will sign with agent

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland forward Justin Jackson will forgo his final two seasons of college eligibility to seek a career in the NBA.

Terrapins coach Mark Turgeon also says guard Dion Wiley will transfer before playing his senior season.


Jackson averaged 10.5 points as a freshman before missing most of the 2017-18 season with a shoulder injury.

Jackson says, "After talking with my family and weighing my options, it's my desire to turn my full attention to preparing for a career in professional basketball."

Wiley appeared in 83 career games, playing a backup role on three teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament under Turgeon.

Maryland was 19-13 this season, including 8-10 in the Big Ten, and failed to reach the postseason.

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Lefty Driesell to be inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame per report

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Lefty Driesell to be inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame per report

Long-time University of Maryland men’s basketball coach Charles Grice “Lefty” Driesell will finally be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame this year.

This is according to NBC Sports Washington contributor Jon Feinstein.

Driesell coached the Terrapins for 17 seasons between 1969-86. While guiding the program to eight NCAA Tournament appearances and an NIT Championship, Driesell transformed Maryland into a legitimate force in college basketball.

When hired by the Terps, Driesell famously announced that he wanted to turn Maryland into the “UCLA of the East.” After only four seasons he had made it to two ACC Championship Games and his first Elite Eight appearance. His success opened the door not only for the program but the school to compete at the highest levels of competition.


Maryland made it as high as the Elite Eight twice under the reign of Driesell. He was named ACC Coach of the Year twice and won one ACC Tournament Championship in 1984. At the time of his NIT Championship with the Terps in 1972, the NIT was held in a similar regard to the NCAA Tournament.

He is second on Maryland’s all-time wins list (348), behind Gary Williams’ 461. Driesell however, still holds the best win percentage of all Maryland coaches with 68.6 win percentage.

After Maryland, the former Duke basketball coached at James Madison for just short of a decade and ended his coaching days at Georgia State. Driesell also coached at Davidson before taking the Maryland job to combine for over 40 seasons at the head of a Division I basketball program.

The 86-year-old was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame back in 2007. He also the namesake for the NCAA’s best defensive player of the year award, which was first awarded in 2010.

The official announcement from the Naismith Hall of Fame will be during the Final Four on Saturday, March 31.

WANT MORE HOOPS?  Listen below as Troy Machir and Chick Hernandez discuss Lefty Driesell's legacy in the area and why the Terps icon was on the outside of the Hall of Fame for so long.