After a run to the Sweet 16, two of Maryland's top players—freshman center Diamond Stone and sophomore guard Melo Trimble—have made decisions on how they will handle the NBA Draft. Maryland made the moves official with a release today.
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The two players and head coach Mark Turgeon went into detail on the decisions.
“I am looking forward to taking advantage of this opportunity and entering my name in the NBA draft,” Trimble said. “I am excited that the new rules allow me the chance to go through this process.”
“Melo will go through the draft process, which will provide him a stronger understanding of where he could potentially be selected,” Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon said. “Melo has worked very hard and we will continue to support and guide him throughout this process.”
"I want to thank the University of Maryland and Coach Turgeon for an unbelievable experience this past year,” Stone said. "Coach Turgeon really pushed me to get better each and every day. 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. I want to also thank all of the Terp fans and the students on campus who have been very supportive since the day I arrived to College Park. It means a great deal to me. I’ll always be a Terp for Life.”
“When we first met with Diamond and his family, one of our goals was to help him achieve his dream of playing in the NBA,” Turgeon said. “Diamond has always been a very skilled and talented offensive player, but he worked hard in other facets of his game this past year. He has vastly improved his strength and conditioning and has made strides defensively. This will be beneficial as Diamond pursues a career in professional basketball. We are happy for Diamond and wish both him and his family the very best.”
Stone's move is not a shock, while Trimble's should leave Maryland fans with some hope. If Trimble returns, and builds on what he has done through two seasons in College Park, the Terps will be very dangerous. If he makes the jump, UMD probably slides towards the middle of the Big Ten.