It's the first full week of June, which provides a convenient line of demarcation for the home stretch before the NBA Draft. The event itself is in New York on June 23, and it'll have a strong Maryland flavor.
Even with Melo Trimble back in the saddle and not turning pro, Maryland has four draft entrants: forwards Jake Layman and Robert Carter Jr., center Diamond Stone and guard Rasheed Sulaimon.
All but Sulaimon appear likely to be drafted with a little bit more than two weeks before the big night, but it looks increasingly like all three will go in the second round – unless Stone can creep up draft boards or Layman or Carter can make one team swoon for them.
DraftExpress updated its mock draft at the end of last week, and the Maryland placements look like this:
34. Stone (Phoenix Suns)
44. Carter (Atlanta Hawks)
49. Jake Layman (Detroit Pistons)
DX doesn't include team needs in its assessment of who goes where, so it's important to take its mock, first and foremost, as a tool to evaluate players' league-wide stock. (Not that it isn't fun to imagine Stone teaming with Alex Len in Phoenix's frontcourt.) At present, Stone's just a few picks out of the first round, while Carter and Layman sit right in the middle of the second round. All three of them might have to battle to make NBA rosters next year.
Elsewhere, from the weekend ...
MJ Jarrell commits to Maryland: Terps land 3-star 2017 WR - Testudo Times
The Terps got some good news on Friday night.
Jermaine Carter might be the best player on Maryland football's defense - Testudo Times
Carter will aim to build on an excellent 2015 season.
David Shaw looks to rebound from injury and anchor Maryland's defensive line - Testudo Times
An elbow injury ended his sophomore season after four games.
Former Maryland basketball G Roddy Peters lands at Nicholls State, per report - Testudo Times
A third college in four years for Peters.