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Maryland's Melo Trimble declares for NBA Draft, will not hire agent yet

He has until May 25 to decide whether or not he's returning to Maryland.

James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Maryland guard Melo Trimble has declared for the NBA Draft but will not hire an agent, the school announced Monday.

For Trimble, this decision was expected. Thanks to a sensible new rule, players can declare for the draft, attend the combine and still choose to return to school. Just because Trimble declared for the draft doesn't mean he's gone from Maryland.

Junior forward Robert Carter Jr. declared for the draft on Thursday, while the school also announced Monday that freshman center Diamond Stone's would declare for the draft and hire an agent.

"I am looking forward to taking advantage of this opportunity and entering my name in the NBA Draft," Trimble said in the release.  "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 added in the release. "Melo has worked very hard and we will continue to support and guide him throughout this process."

He has until May 25 to make his decision. First he'll most likely attend the NBA Scouting Combine from May 11-15, where he'll receive evaluations from scouts that can help inform his decision.

He'll have to make his decision within those next 10 days. Most Maryland students could be done with school or taking their finals when Trimble decides whether he'll return for his junior season or enter the draft.

Trimble finished his sophomore season averaging 14.8 points and 4.9 assists per game on 41 percent shooting. He was named to the All-Big Ten Second Team.

DraftExpress currently has Trimble going No. 35 overall, while Stone is No. 23 and Carter is No 51.