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Maryland has most NBA Draft prospects of any school in DraftExpress's 2016 mock draft

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Melo Trimble, Diamond Stone and Robert Carter Jr. have big decisions to make.

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With the recent addition of Robert Carter Jr. to the list, Maryland now has four names on DraftExpress' 2016 mock draft.

Diamond Stone is the only first round pick in the projections at No. 23. Melo Trimble is the No. 35 pick overall, while Jake Layman sits at No. 45 and Robert Carter Jr. No. 51.

The site doesn't take in terms the NBA team's needs this early before June's draft, so placeholder teams based on how the NBA's current standings accompany the player's name on the board. No need to panic over what team the list says would draft each player.

While none of the Terrapins' underclassmen have declared for the draft, they should all be expected to take advantage of the NCAA's new rule that allows players to declare and participate in the NBA combine without officially forgoing their remaining years of eligibility. Players then have 10 days following the combine to make their final decision.

It makes sense for a number of reasons for Maryland's underclassmen to stay, but there are too many non-basketball variables in the equation to truly understand which direction any of them are leaning this long before the draft.

Something to take away from this is that Maryland can land some serious talent in the transfer market and through recruiting, which should have fans optimistic about the future. Persuading top-tier talent in Carter, and in another draft hopeful Rasheed Sulaimon is no easy task, not to mention a surefire first round talent in Stone. Even if the Terps lose talent in 2016-17, it shouldn't be long before they return to the top of the Big Ten.

Also for those claiming the Terrapins had too much NBA talent to lose in the Sweet 16 should understand that the Final Four boasts a whopping three players (Buddy Hield, Brice Johnson, Michael Gbinije) combined in DraftExpress mock.