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 selection by the media who led the Terps in scoring (16.2 per game) and assists (three per game), was slotted as high as No. 24 overall, according to NBADraft.net.

Layman, a third-team All-Big Ten choice by the media after finishing third on the team in scoring (12.5) and first in rebounds (5.8), was as high as No. 26, according to one of three CBSSports.com experts.

A veteran NBA scout familiar with both players said he believes Trimble and Layman will return to College Park if they are not first-round draft picks, and in Trimble's case, a middle-to-high first-round pick. Four years ago, Maryland center Jordan Williams was taken in the second round and lasted less than two seasons in the NBA.

The decision to explore the draft by each player, neither of whom could be reached for comment Saturday, comes a day after five-star recruit Diamond Stone announced on Twitter that he was committing to the Terps. Trimble and Layman have until midnight April 26 to decide whether they will put their name into the draft pool.

Before Maryland's second-round NCAA tournament game against Valparaiso, coach Mark Turgeon was asked why he thought Trimble had not been mentioned among one-and-done-type players such as Ohio State's D'Angelo Russell, Duke's Tyus Jones and others.

"I think the NBA looks for a certain style of player, certain type of player," Turgeon said. "Length, speed, above the rim, things like that. And he's not that guy. He's not the 6-, 7-foot wingspan, run-and-dunk-'em kind of kid; he's just a really good basketball player. So he's close to that conversation.

"And I think where he was a year ago to where he is now, another year or so, maybe the conversation will be different. But I'm just glad we got him. He's a heck of a player."

Trimble's game evolved as a freshman. Though he was considered mostly a scorer, his passing and floor vision improved. With the addition of Stone and Georgia Tech transfer Robert Carter Jr., Trimble will have more options inside next season.

The addition of junior-college point guard Jaylen Brantley also will allow Trimble to play off the ball more and show his versatility as a scorer. While his defense improved as the season went on, NBA scouts still are looking to see more from him before he's considered a guaranteed first-round pick.

Layman had a strong start to his junior year, particularly when Wells was out with a fractured wrist. But after averaging nearly 16 points in Maryland's first 13 games, and reaching double figures in 19 of the first 20 games, Layman's numbers dropped after Wells returned.

If Layman were to return, he would go back to small forward, a position that would require him to show improved ball handling in the open court and more consistent shooting. His defense also has to improve, one scout said recently.

"He's a great athlete who can make exciting plays, but he's not an NBA player yet," one scout said.

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