Diamond Stone tops among Terps in mock drafts

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Maryland center Diamond Stone, right, charges into Kansas forward Landen Lucas during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the regional semifinals of the men's NCAA Tournament, in Louisville, Ky., Thursday, March 24, 2016

Now that two of Maryland's players, freshman center Diamond Stone and redshirt junior forward Robert Carter Jr., have announced their intention to turn pro and a third, sophomore point guard Melo Trimble has said that he will explore the NBA draft without an agent, it's insructive to see where they stand on the mock draft boards.

Among the most recent draft boards released, Bleacher Report on Monday had both Stone and Trimble going in the first round. Stone was to be picked No. 23 by the Boston Celtics and Trimble right behind him at 24 to the Atlanta Hawks.


NBA (April 8) has Stone at No. 23 going to the Philadelphia 76ers, Trimble at 35th to the Celtics and Carter at 51th to the Denver Nuggets. It also listed senior forward Jake Layman at No. 45 to the Chicago Bulls.

Another player of local interest, Louisville graduate transfer guard Damion Lee (Calvert Hall) is at 50 to the Detroit Pistons on Draft Express' board.


NBA (April 2) has Stone at No. 19 going to the Detroit Pistons and Trimble at 39 to the Milwaukee Bucks. It also has Lee going right behind Trimble, to the Houston Rockets at 40.

ESPN (April 1) has Stone going No. 18 to the Pistons.

Among those who had mock drafts during the regular season, CBS Sports (Feb. 26) had Stone as No. 11 to the Bucks and 19th to the Atlanta Hawks by its two analysts, and one of them, Gary Parrish, also had Trimble at 28th to the Phoenix Suns.