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Diamond Stone impresses in McDonald's All American Game, sparking NCAA title talk

A year ago, Melo Trimble was an afterthought in the McDonald’s All American Game at Chicago's United Center. It took a few months, and a few games, for Maryland fans to get really excited about the 6-foot-2 point guard. We all now know what happened after that.

In the same game Wednesday, a few hours after the Terps announced that Trimble would return for his sophomore year in College Park, Diamond Stone did not wait to get Maryland fans excited.

The 6-10, 250-pound center from Milwaukee finished with 14 points on 7-for-9 shooting, three rebounds, two blocked shots, one steal and one inadvertent blackening of a referee's eye in helping the East to a 111-91 rout of the West.

Stone, who committed orally Friday, was not the game’s Most Valuable Player. That honor belonged to unsigned forward Cheick Diallo, who finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Nor was he gushed over in the same way as Ben Simmons, the 6-9, do-everything Australian who is headed to LSU and could be the No. 1 pick in...

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Melo Trimble will return to Maryland for sophomore year

The last image Maryland fans had of Melo Trimble was of the freshman point guard sitting visibly distraught near the end of the team’s bench at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. He had just suffered what was diagnosed as a concussion in the second half of a season-ending loss to West Virginia in the NCAA tournament.

Fortunately for the Maryland coach Mark Turgeon, his Terps and their fans, it won’t be a lasting image.

Turgeon announced Wednesday that Trimble, who helped lead the Terps back to national relevance this season, will return for his sophomore year. The decision by Trimble comes five days after 6-foot-10, 250-pound center Diamond Stone, a five-star recruit, committed to play for Maryland.

Turgeon said he wasn’t surprised by Trimble’s decision based on a conversation they had shortly after the team returned to College Park.

“Melo’s kind of a man of his word, he always has been,” Turgeon said. “Right after the season ended, he said he wanted to come back. I said, ‘Let’s don’t...

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Melo Trimble makes a good decision for himself and Terps

Melo Trimble made a reputation for making great decisions on the court for Maryland this season.

On Wednesday, he made an even better decision for himself – and the Terps - off the court.

By announcing that he will return for his sophomore year in College Park, Trimble demonstrated the kind of maturity he showed in helping lead Maryland back to college basketball relevance the past few months.

Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said during this year’s NCAA tournament that Trimble was not ready for the NBA, but that he had put himself “in the conversation” for the future.

Just as he did in guiding the Terps to a 28-7 record, including a school record 26 regular season wins, Trimble listened to Turgeon as well as to the NBA scouting reports that validated the Maryland coach’s opinion.

It probably helped that before Trimble made his decision, Maryland got a commitment from one of the best high school players in the country, five-star center Diamond Stone.

How good will Maryland be now that...

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Cornerback transfer D'Andre Payne glad to be back close to home at Maryland

Maryland cornerback D'Andre Payne is back home.

A year after leaving H.D. Woodson High in Washington for Tennessee as a four-star prospect, Payne is starting his college career over as a Terp. The 5-9, 180-pound sophomore transferred in January.

At least for now, Payne is a nonscholarship walk-on. That is likely to change, considering how well Payne has looked so far in spring practice, where he unofficially is among the leaders on defense in interceptions and pass breakups.

"He's a quiet kid, you never notice when he's around but on the field he's been a monster," sophomore quarterback Shane Cockerille said after Saturday's intrasquad scrimmage. "He makes really good reads. He's definitely coming around. He's making his presence known."

Payne was recruited by Maryland coming out of high school and the Terps were one of his "top schools." Payne admitted that he was attracted to the hoopla surrounding the Volunteers and the idea of playing in front of more than 100,000 at Neyland...

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Terps' Jake Layman, Melo Trimble to explore possibility of entering NBA draft

Freshman point guard Melo Trimble and junior forward Jake Layman will “go through the process” of seeing where they might be taken in the NBA draft before making a decision about returning to Maryland next season, a source familiar with their situation said Saturday.

Earlier in the week, InsideMDSports.com reported that Trimble was going to return for his sophomore year. He has not spoken publicly since suffering a concussion in Maryland’s season-ending loss to West Virginia in the NCAA tournament Sunday in Columbus, Ohio.

Given Layman's postgame comments Sunday at Nationwide Arena, as well as the way he struggled down the stretch of the season, it was assumed that he would return for his senior year.

Some familiar with the draft process, including two NBA scouts, said neither player is “a lock” to be a first-round draft choice, which comes with a guaranteed contract. Both players are possible late first-round picks in some NBA mock drafts.

Trimble, a first-team All-Big Ten Conference...

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Before Diamond Stone committed, Terps commit Jaylen Brantley knew his secret

Jaylen Brantley had kept the secret for a couple of weeks, not telling any of his future teammates at Maryland or even men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon.  The secret was about Diamond Stone.

Before Stone told his parents, the Terps coaches and ultimately the college basketball world Friday night, he had told Brantley that he would be joining him in College Park next season.

“Me and him talk almost every day,” Brantley said Saturday from Odessa, Texas, where he played this season at Odessa College, a junior college. “He texted me one day two weeks ago saying that Maryland was the best fit for him. He wanted to keep it between us until his season was over.”

The relationship between Brantley, a 5-foot-11 point guard, and Stone, a five-star recruit ranked the No. 2 center in the country, began when the two spent the weekend together in October during their official visits to Maryland.

Brantley, who would commit soon afterward, said their relationship was built on friendship, not simply...

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