Diamond Stone's rise among NBA minds appears to be continuing, with the five-star Maryland freshman cracking the Top 10 of DraftExpress.com's new 2016 mock draft, released Monday night.
According to the site, Stone is projected to go No. 10 overall to the Portland Trail Blazers. DraftExpress notes that at this point in the process, team needs are not taken into account.
Portland would be an interesting fit, though, with a young, overachieving team in place. With the loss of LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicolas Batum, Wes Matthews, and Robin Lopez in the offseason, the Blazers have made a commitment to developing youth. Stone could be the next among them.
Point guard Melo Trimble also continues to rise. After being projected to be taken in the 20s for much of the season, he is up to No. 16 overall to the Indiana Pacers. That would put him just outside of the lottery.
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The question for Trimble is not about skill or basketball IQ. What teams will need to decide is how much they make of his measurables, which will not be his strongest suit. What he lacks in athleticism and length, he makes up for with vision and in-game savvy.
One other Terrapin made the latest mock -- small forward Jake Layman at No. 38 overall to Milwaukee. Layman has been streaky as an offensive player this season, but has significantly improved on the defensive end of the floor.
Putting that on tape for teams -- progressing to be perhaps the team's best defender -- should help his stock.
Going into the 2018 NBA Combine, Kevin Huerter was not receiving much hype, was off many NBA Draft boards, and many assumed he was heading back to college anyways.
Playing in the first scrimmage of the combine process, all those storylines quickly changed.
Playing against players like Jacob Evans, Donte DiVincenzo, Udoka Azubuike, and Jevon Carter, Huerter emerged as one of the top stars. The two-year Maryland spot-up shooter saw 25 minutes of action and only trailed Penn State prospect Tony Carr in points on his squad.
With 14 points (5-11 FG, 3-8 three-pointers), Huerter showed development since he was last seen with the Terps. His passing was the biggest asset for his team and was not afraid to take a shot against these top defenders. The 6-7 forward also added three rebounds, an assist, and had only one turnover.
Although his shooting in-game was not fantastic, in the individual drills he showed off. Of the seven shooting marks, he ranked in the top five in five of them. He also had the best shuttle run (2.96 seconds).
No question, Huerter’s draft stock significantly rose. Although still early, he is looking to be the highest rated Terp prospect this year over Justin Jackson and Bruno Fernando.
Consensus among those at the NBA Combine seems to believe that Huerter will return for his junior season at Maryland.
After today though, it may be hard to say no.
D.J. Moore has an adorable new puppy!
Days after the Carolina Panthers selected Moore as the No. 24 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the former Maryland wide receiver returned to his roots and paid a visit to College Park.
But the first-rounder wasn’t alone when he went to Maryland. According to the Terps’ football Twitter account, he brought his new puppy with him. Seriously, look at this puppy!
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The Big Ten Receiver of the Year in 2017, Moore was obviously a crucial component of the Terps’ offense. He finished the season with 80 catches — a Maryland single-season record, which was also a Big Ten high.
He declared for the NFL Draft after his junior season with Maryland.
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