COLLEGE PARK – Robert Carter, Jr. and Diamond Stone declared for the NBA draft this past week, while Melo Trimble will enter his name but not sign with an agent. Both Carter and Stone played vital roles in helping Maryland to a 27-9 record and the program’s first Sweet 16 appearance since 2003. Standing 6-foot-9, […]
COLLEGE PARK – Robert Carter, Jr. and Diamond Stone declared for the NBA draft this past week, while Melo Trimble will enter his name but not sign with an agent.
Both Carter and Stone played vital roles in helping Maryland to a 27-9 record and the program’s first Sweet 16 appearance since 2003.
Standing 6-foot-9, Carter has opted to leave school for the 2016 draft and will reportedly sign with an agent.
Carter made his presence known in the post by averaging 10.5 points-per-game and 7.4 rebounds at Georgia Tech for his first two seasons of collegiate play. After he transferred to Maryland for his junior year, he was forced to sit out due to NCAA rules. The redshirt junior underwent a strenuous year of workout sessions with the director of basketball performance Kyle Tarp. Having lost a total of 18 pounds, Carter returned to the court new and improved and averaged 12.3 points and a team-high 6.9 rebounds.
“I want to thank the University of Maryland community and all the fans for their support during my two years at Maryland,” said Carter, who DraftExpress.com has ranked 51st overall in this year’s draft class. “I also want to thank Coach (Mark) Turgeon, my teammates and the entire Maryland program for what they have done for me. The University of Maryland program will always be a special place to me and my family. I will forever be a Terp.”
There were conflicting reports about Stone, as he never made his intentions with the draft clear. Then, late Monday night, he cleared up the confusion by stating that he will in fact enter the draft and hire an agent.
“My family and I spent a great deal of time discussing my future and we felt this was the best decision as I pursue my dream of playing professional basketball,” Stone said in a statement.
Stone’s scoring ability and presence in the post made him a part of one of the country’s most menacing front courts. He averaged 12.5 points and two blocks-per-game and ranks third all-time in blocks in a single season (56) for a freshman. DraftExpress.com currently has Stone going 23rd overall in its 2016 Mock Draft.
Trimble, the third and final starting underclassmen to declare, has opted to enter his name into the draft but will not sign with an agent. This would allow him the option to return to school if he does not like his draft outlook and would have ten days after the conclusion of the draft combine to withdraw his name. Some NBA executives have said Trimble is likely to go in the second round if he were to stay in the draft.
“I am looking forward to taking advantage of this opportunity and entering my name in the NBA draft. I am excited that the new rules allow me the chance to go through this process,” Trimble said.
Jake Layman, one of Maryland’s graduating seniors, also officially signed with an agent on April 8. Some draft experts project him as a mid-second round pick. Rasheed Sulaimon also graduated, leaving Maryland without any of its starters from its Sweet 16 matchup with Kansas just a month ago. Sulaimon is ranked as the 35th best senior in this year’s class, leaving it unlikely that he will be drafted.