Maryland basketball won’t lack representation at the NBA’s summer leagues, as six former Terps will suit up to try to impress team scouts in hopes of landing a coveted roster spot.
All of Maryland’s starters from the 2015-16 season will play, as will 2015 graduate Dez Wells.
Melo Trimble will play for the Philadelphia 76ers after signing as an undrafted free agent. Meanwhile, Rasheed Sulaimon, Jake Layman and Diamond Stone will play for the Hornets, Trail Blazers and Clippers, respectively, in the summer league for the second straight offseason. Wells will lace up for the Detroit Pistons in the Orlando circuit, and the Denver Nuggets announced yesterday that they picked up Robert Carter Jr. for their run in Vegas.
Sulaimon and Wells play from July 1-6 in the Orlando Summer League and will play each other on July 5, the final day before the league’s playoffs. The two enjoyed relatively successful D-League seasons last year, and it looks like the minicamp they went to this spring paid off.
Trimble will play for the Sixers in the Utah and Vegas Summer Leagues from July 3-6 and July 7-17. He’ll be joined in Vegas by Carter, Layman and Stone, but surprisingly, none of their paths are scheduled to intersect.
Layman and Stone were both taken in the second round of the 2016 draft, but Carter spent this past season playing in Italy, where he averaged 13 points, 6.6 rebounds, a block and a steal a night.
We’ll keep an eye on these Terps throughout the summer to see who gets an invite to training camps.