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Three Terps projected in top 35 of new NBA mock draft

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Three Terps projected in top 35 of new NBA mock draft

Three Maryland Terrapins are projected to be taken in the first 35 picks of the 2016 NBA Draft, as reflected in the latest edition of a DraftExpress.com mock released on Monday. 

They are as follows:

Diamond Stone | Freshman | Center | No. 17 overall

Since being shifted into a role off the bench, Stone has found his stride. Being split apart from redshirt junior Robert Carter, Jr. -- with whom he shares a number of skills -- and being paired with Michal Cekovsky or Damonte Dodd, he has been an offensive spark and revitalized the second unit.

The question for Stone continues to be on the defensive end of the floor, where he is learning to defend by simply staying vertical and challenging shots without fouling. Especially in pick-and-roll situations on defense he will have to improve. The good news? He has progressed quite a bit from the season's first game, so it is clear he absorbs coaching well.

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Melo Trimble | Sophomore | Point guard | No. 21 overall

Trimble came into this season needing to prove that he can be more of a true point guard. He has done that so far this season, averaging 15.0 points and 5.7 assists per game. He is nearly doubling his assists per game total from last season. 

He has also shown the ability to take over games down the stretch, which he first showed last season. On the road against North Carolina he shined offensively. He did the same against Connecticut at Madison Square Garden. There will be questions about his ceiling, considering his lack of explosiveness -- but that's not his game anyway. 

Trimble has always been more of a cerebral point guard who excels in the pick-and-roll and by changing speeds, which can be winning traits at the pro level, too.

Jake Layman | Senior | Forward | No. 32 overall

There have been stretches of the season where Layman has faded into the background offensively, but he has been better as a defender and remained a solid rebounder in his senior season. 

Layman is the type of guy who will be a workout superstar, with his combination of size, athleticism, and shooting ability. All it takes is one team to buy in and see him as an asset -- especially in small-ball situations where he has shown he can play the power forward spot.

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Not listed are two other Maryland starters, guard Rasheed Sulaimon and power foward Robert Carter, Jr. 

Sulaimon has expanded his game to be more of a distributor since coming to Maryland, which should help his stock and could get him a shot in the league.

Carter is a versatile offensive player and very strong passer out of the post, but the question for him will be whether he needs good players around him to succeed in an NBA lineup or whether he can be a standalone option. The answer to that may determine whether he is a first rounder or a second rounder. His size and offensive skill alone should attract teams.

For the full mock draft from DraftExpress.com, click here.

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Maryland lineman Jordan McNair dies two weeks following workout collapse

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Maryland lineman Jordan McNair dies two weeks following workout collapse

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Jordan McNair, a University of Maryland football player hospitalized after an organized team workout two weeks ago, has died.

Maryland executive athletic director Damon Evans said McNair was hospitalized on May 29 and died Wednesday.

McNair was a 6-foot-4, 325-pound offensive lineman preparing for his sophomore season. A graduate of McDonogh (Md.) High School, McNair played one game last season.

After leading McDonogh to an 8-3 record as a senior, McNair chose Maryland over Ohio State, Auburn, Penn State and Rutgers.

In a statement, Maryland coach DJ Durkin said, "Our team is heartbroken with the loss of Jordan McNair. Jordan was an incredible young man, and his passion and enthusiasm made him an invaluable and beloved member of our team."

He added, "Over the past few weeks, Jordan never gave up with his family, friends and team by his side. Our team will continue to be inspired by the spirit of this brave fighter."

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Dustin Clark to part ways with Maryland basketball

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Dustin Clark to part ways with Maryland basketball

Maryland basketball head coach Mark Turgeon announced earlier today that assistant coach Dustin Clark is parting ways with the program to pursue an opportunity in Texas with a family business. 

In three seasons as a full-time assistant, Clark was responsible for recruiting Kevin Huerter and Anthony Cowan Jr., along with incoming freshman Aaron Wiggins. 

The 35-year-old also made a point to recruit overseas, spending much of his time at the Canaris Basketball Academy in the Canary Islands, where he found former Terps center Michal Cekovsky and current redshirt freshman forward Joshua Tomaic. 

Clark will become the second member of Turgeon's staff to leave the team following this past season. Nima Omidvar, who was brought on to replace Clark as director of basketball operations in 2014, walked away to become a full-time assistant coach at South Alabama in April. 

At the start of the 2018-19 season, Bino Ranson will be the only original member of Turgeon's staff. 

Matt Brady, who has had previous head coaching stints at James Madison and Marist, will replace Clark. 

In his eight years at JMU, Brady won 139 games and enjoyed four seasons with 20 wins or more. His 2012-13 team won the Colonial Athletic Association and reached the NCAA tournament. He finished with a 73-50 overall record after four seasons at Marist. 

The news comes after a season in which the team failed to make the NCAA tournament with an overall record of 19-13, including 8-10 in Big Ten play.