Maryland’s Diamond Stone, Melo Trimble to enter NBA draft

Maryland’s Diamond Stone and Melo Trimble will enter the NBA draft.
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Maryland’s Diamond Stone and Melo Trimble will enter the NBA draft, the university announced Monday.

The news comes after junior power forward Robert Carter Jr. announced his intentions to enter the draft on Thursday. 

Stone will hire an agent, and thus lose his eligibility at Maryland, while Trimble will not hire representation and remain eligible with the Terrapins if he pulls out of the draft by May 25. 

In his freshman season, Stone averaged 12.5 points and 5.4 rebounds per game for the Terrapins. The center was named the AP’s Big Ten Newcomer of the Year, and was also a third-team All-Big Ten selection and an All-Freshman honoree.

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“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.

Trimble, a sophomore guard, led Maryland in scoring with 14.8 points per game this season. He is a two-time All-Big Ten honoree, as well as an AP Honorable Mention All-America selection in 2016.

“I am looking forward to taking advantage of this opportunity and entering my name in the NBA draft,” Trimble said in a statement. “I am excited that the new rules allow me the chance to go through this process.”

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This season, Stone and Trimble helped Maryland advance to its first Sweet 16 appearance since 2003.