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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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Not the homecoming former Terp D.J. Moore was hoping for against the Redskins

Not the homecoming former Terp D.J. Moore was hoping for against the Redskins

Former Maryland Terrapin D.J. Moore made his first trip to FedEx field as an NFL star. His Carolina Panthers traveled up to Landover, Md. for a Week 6 matchup with the Washington Redskins.

However, it was not the homecoming he and the Panthers were hoping for. 

The first-round draft pick had two fumbles in the first half against the Redskins. Both were punch-outs due to Moore not holding the ball tight enough.

The wide receiver's first came as he fielded the Redskins' first punt of the afternoon.

The second being a fumble coming off of his first reception, punched out by Josh Norman, who had his best game as a Redskin.

Both plays had enough effort, probably too much. Moore was clearly trying to make something out of nothing and both times it cost him and the Panthers two key possessions on the road. 

First two touches, two fumbles. Not a good look. 

But in other Maryland Terps news, Vernon Davis did haul down the first touchdown of the game and Torrey Smith scored a late touchdown and converted the two-point conversion. 

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As one of the most penalized teams in college football, Maryland's penalty woes showed vs. Michigan

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As one of the most penalized teams in college football, Maryland's penalty woes showed vs. Michigan

On the field, it has been a season of ups and downs for the Maryland Terrapins. On Saturday, it became evident that the team's penalty issues are at epic proportions based on their loss to Michigan.

This season, Maryland is one of the most penalized teams in all of Division I football. 

No matter if the penalties are coming in wins or in losses, yellow flags have forced Maryland to dig themselves out of holes this season. Quickly these holes become insurmountable with the inconsistent offense the Terps have this season. 

Below is where they stand on the NCAA FBS Division I leaderboard:

  • Penalties per game (4th worst) - 9.8 penalties
  • Penalty yards per game (3rd worst) - 93.8 yards
  • 7 penalties per 100 plays (t-worst) 


This past Saturday against Michigan, their penalties were a significant factor in a loss for the first time this season. Twelve times the Terps were flagged, costing them 107 yards. 

The first major penalty was just after the Terps got a big kickoff return for a touchdown by Ty Johnson to give them an early 7-3 lead. Two scrimmage plays later, Darnell Savage got his second interception of the season on Michigan's side of the field with the upset in full swing. A holding penalty on the return pushed the Terps back to midfield where they would go three-and-out. 

That mistake, although minuscule at the time, cannot happen on the road against a top-25 opponent. A momentum-swinging play was diminished by the penalty and kept them from adding to their lead.  

The offense though was responsible for most of the dirty laundry on the field. Of their 12 penalties, half of them were on the offense. Five of those six were detrimental to their success. 

A holding penalty in the second quarter prevented the Terps from having the chance to answer Michigan's first touchdown of the game.

On the first drive of the second half for the Terps, three penalties in the first four plays pushed them back to a 4th-and-36. 

Although they converted a fourth-and-6 in the red zone, they got pushed back to that mark because of a false start the play prior. This was their first drive of the fourth where they were behind by three scores and desperately trying to come back.

In their Week 1 shocking upset over the ranked Texas Longhorns the team had eight penalties for 70 yards. This was the only game that their opponent committed more penalties.

The next week at Bowling Green (14 for 139 yards) was worse, at home vs. Temple (five penalties, 35 yards) and at Minnesota (10 penalties, 118 yards).

Currently, the team is sitting at 3-2 with a win over the No. 9 team in the country, Texas. Considering everything that has happened, and they are under interim head coach Matt Canada, they are rising above expectations. 

But by no means are there many confident in how the Terps have played this season. Mostly that is due to these penalties. 

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