Despite a Sweet 16 exit in the NCAA Tournament, it is without question that the 2015-16 Maryland Terrapins will go down as one of the most talented squads in the school's history.
Currently there are only three active Terps in the NBA: NCAA champion Steve Blake, Montrose Christian star Greivis Vasquez, and Ukrainian big man Alex Len.
Now Maryland has a chance to more than double its stock in the pros with just one draft class, between one-and-done Diamond Stone, Georgia Tech transfer Robert Carter Jr., four-year Terp Jake Layman and Duke transfer Rasheed Sulaimon.
The latter three all had workouts with the Indiana Pacers over the weeks since the NBA Combine in mid-May.
Looking to add pieces around star player Paul George, the Pacers currently hold the 20th and 50th overall picks in the 2016 NBA Draft. The second-round pick could certainly be used to bring one of the aforementioned Terps into the pros.
As rough projections, DraftExpress currently pegs it this way: Carter will be snagged by the Hawks at No. 44, while Layman follows soon after at No. 49 by the Pistons. Should either of them drop to Indiana at 50, the Pacers could look to solidify their depth with a high-ceiling stretch four.
Since losing David West to the Spurs last offseason, the Pacers do not have a power forward that can competently shoot the 3-point ball, but both Carter and Layman could change that.
Read what else Layman, Carter, and Sulaimon had to say about their time at Maryland, hopes for the league, and more during their post-workout interviews with the Pacers' official website. Here are some quotes:
Layman, on what he's trying to show NBA teams:
"Versatility, shoot it, drive it, pass it, rebounding, guarding 1 through 4"
Layman wants to be like the Jazz's Gordon Hayward, and he thinks he can show some things he didn't always show at Maryland:
"Ball handling, shooting and making plays off the dribble"
Carter on a deeper three-point line in the NBA:
"It really wasn't much of an adjustment."
Carter on how his game developed at Maryland:
"Body and knowledge of the game."
Sulaimon on working out in the presence of the Pacers' Larry Bird:
"Act as a sponge and soak up as much knowledge as I can about the NBA game."
Sulaimon, Layman and Carter all made sure to use the word "versatility" to describe their game in hopes to improve their draft stock.
I tend to agree with Testudo Times' Matt Ellentuck that Stone will be a low-level first round pick, Carter and Layman will be non-guaranteed second-round selections, while Sulaimon will link up with a franchise as an undrafted free agent.