Maryland’s Melo Trimble, Diamond Stone declaring for NBA Draft

Since the Maryland Terrapins joined the Big Ten two years ago, they showed no ill-effects of leaving the ACC. In fact, they have more than excelled and have been one of the more successful programs in the Big Ten over the last two seasons, recording a combined 56-16 record and making it to the Sweet 16 in this year’s tournament.

They were very senior-laden this year in particular and had plenty of experience, but two of their biggest play-makers were underclassmen – freshman Diamond Stone and sophomore Melo Trimble. Both were arguably Maryland’s two most pro-ready players and on Monday, they validated that thought.

The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Trimble was a local product out of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, just a half hour away from College Park, Maryland. The Terrapins’ leading scorer in 2015-16 registered 14.8 points per game, nearly two points less than his per game average as a freshman. Overall, his shooting declined from year one to year two. He shot 44.4 percent from the field as a freshman, just 41 percent this year. His accuracy from downtown took an even bigger hit. In 2014-15, he hit 41.2 percent of his three-point attempts, nearly a 10 percent dip to 31.5 this past season.

The decline in his shooting numbers could suggest that Trimble tried to do more than he was asked or carry the team on his own more than he was capable of. Having said that, he averaged 4.9 assists this season, nearly two more than his freshman campaign. That can be attributed to more having more options on the floor to score along with himself to make plays.

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Diamond Stone stands 6-foot-11 and 255 pounds, safe to say he is a presence down low. The Milwaukee-made prospect was second for the Terrapins in scoring right behind Trimble, averaging 12.5 points per game. He grabbed down 5.4 rebounds per contest and blocked 1.5 shot attempts per game this season.

Stone also showed something that is rare for big men and/or college players anymore – the ability to knock down free throws. The near-7-footer knocked down better than 76 percent of his attempts from the charity stripe.

According to reports. Stone is projected to be a first-round draft pick by many experts, while Trimble currently is slotted somewhere in the second round.

As it stands now, the entire starting five for the Terps from this past season will no be on the team next year and heading for the pro level in some capacity.

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