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.
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.