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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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Some early thoughts on Maryland's lineup for 2015-16

The next Maryland basketball season is eight months away, which means there's plenty of time for the roster to change with a couple of more additions and, given the nature of the business, a couple of possible subtractions.

Yet with Friday's stunning news that five-star recruit Diamond Stone of Milwaukee had picked the Terps over the home state Wisconsin Badgers, now is as good a time to start daydreaming about the lineup Mark Turgeon will put out there.

Obviously, a lot will hinge on Melo Trimble's decision whether to remain in College Park for his sophomore year or put his name into the draft. As of Saturday, nothing had been decided. But unless there's a sudden rush of interest among several NBA scouts and GMs for the 6-3 Trimble in the top half of the draft, look for him to be running the show again next season.

I'm sure that Stone didn't come to Maryland to come off the bench, so let's pencil him in at power forward, Georgia Tech transfer Robert Carter at center and third-team...

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Seven facts you should know about Maryland recruit Diamond Stone
Five-star center Diamond Stone commits to Maryland

Robert Stone was at his home in Milwaukee on Friday night when he got a text message from his son, Diamond.

“I had dropped him off at his friend's house, and he said, ‘Dad, I'm ready to pick,' " the elder Stone said in a telephone interview with The Baltimore Sun. “I asked, ‘Do you want to talk about it?' He said: ‘No, I'm ready. I know where I want to go. So he tweeted he wanted to go to Maryland.' ”

It was a tweet heard ‘round the college basketball world, as the 6-foot-10, 250-pound senior, rated the No. 2 center in the country and the No. 10 player nationally by 247Sports.com, chose the Terps over home-state Wisconsin, as well as Connecticut and Oklahoma State.

Stone's oral commitment was confirmed by a Maryland source familiar with the recruiting process. Coach Mark Turgeon, who is not allowed to comment publicly on Stone's decision until he signs a national letter of intent or completes the financial-aid package agreement for his scholarship, visited Stone in Milwaukee on Friday...

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