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Class

Position

Height

Weight

2015

C

6'10"

253 lb

School

AAU

Whitefish Bay (WI) Dominican HS

The Family / Milwaukee Young Legends

Rankings Rankings

Rivals: (#1 C / #6 overall)
Scout: (#2 C / #6 overall) Red_arrowdown_medium
ESPN: 95 (#2 C / #6 overall)
24/7: 100 (#2 C / #8 overall) Green_arrowup_medium
Wishoops: (#1 player in 2015)

Last updated: May 5, 2015
Previous Rankings: 5-star (#3 C/#6 overall > #2/#5 > #1/#6 > #1/#3 > #2/#4) by Rivals; 5-star (#2 C/#4 overall > #1/#1 > #1/#3 > #2/#2) by Scout; 5-star/95 (#2 C/#7 overall) > 96 (#1 C/#4 overall > #2/#5) > 95 (#2/#2 > #2/#3) by ESPN; 5-star/99 (#2 C/#10 overall > #1/#9 > #1/#8 > #2/#10 > #3/#9 > #1/#4) by 24/7
Rankings at time of commitment: 5-star (0.9977) by 247 Composite, #2 C/#5 overall/#1 in WI; 5-star by Rivals, Scout & ESPN

Honors Honors

2015 Co-Mr. Basketball (WBCA)
2015 McDonald's All-American
2015 All-State - Div. 4 (WBCA)*
2014 FIBA U17 World Championship All-Tournament Team
2014 First Team All-State (AP)*
2014 All-State - Div. 4 (WBCA)*
2013 Second Team All-State (AP)
2013 All-State - Div. 4 (WBCA)*
2012 Honorable Mention All-State (AP)
2012 Second Team All-Midwest Classic Conference - North
2011 WBY Shootout All-Tournament Team (Wishoops.net)

*unanimous selection

Statistics Statistics

2014-15: 24.6 ppg, 11.8 rpg, 2.9 bpg, 1.4 apg, 1.2 spg, 70% FG, 75% FT, 35% 3PT | Senior (Dominican)
2014: U17 World Championships | USA Basketball
2014: 22.0 ppg, 11.3 rpg, 3.9 bpg, 1.3 apg, 3.5 TO/g | UA Association
2013-14: 24.3 ppg, 13.1 rpg | Junior (Dominican)
2013: 13.6 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.6 bpg, 54% FG, 14-23 FT in 20 mpg | FIBA Americas U16
2012-13: 16.9 ppg, 11.6 rpg, 3.1 bpg | Sophomore (Dominican)
2011-12: 13.4 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 3.1 bpg | Freshman (Dominican) - MaxPreps

Verbal commitment Verbally committed to Maryland on March 27, 2015

Stone's recruitment was jump-started in April 2012 with offers from heated, in-state rivals Wisconsin and Marquette. However, it was inevitable that heavyweight players nationwide got involved. Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky and UCLA turned up the heat, but this 6'10" baby-faced monster has dealt relatively well with being touted as one of the top pivot prospects in the country -- regardless of class -- for several years now. Instead of seeing his rankings slip, Stone has adapted. He's been developing good footwork and refining his already impressive array of post moves. Twice he was elevated to the top-ranked 2015 prospect, most recently by Scout:

Stone has a big frame with soft hands and is incredibly skilled for a young center. He can step out and shoot or back you in and score with his footwork, touch or skill set. He's not an elite athlete, but makes up for it with his size and skill.

Stone wowed onlookers at the LeBron James Skills Academy in 2013, then started trimming his physique in hopes of leading Dominican to a third-straight WIAA championship (which he did). He always said that he intended to wait until his junior or senior season to decide on a college, and with so many options, why not? Mississippi shooting guard Malik Newman, the top overall player in 2015, has been quoted several times saying he and Stone want to become a package deal at the college level. That development scared a lot of Wisconsin fans who hoped the Badgers would land the Dominican star. Though the package deal theory has been debunked to some degree on different occasions, the "will he or won't he" nature of the rumors were constant. The death knell seemed to be UConn reportedly ending its recruitment of Newman.

At the Reebok Breakout camp, a touted matchup fizzled when Stone experienced a macaroni-and-cheese "mishap." Stone informed scouts he would take all five official visits and make a decision in time for the November 12 early signing date. Battling a groin injury, Stone traveled to Dubai in August to play in the U17 World Championships with Team USA. There he set a standard for blocked shots while regaining his reputation as a double-double machine.

When Duke dropped off of Stone's list, he said he intended to make a decision during the signing period in November, even though he may not sign paperwork until the spring. While Wisconsin and Connecticut seemed to have an edge, Maryland had the Under Armour angle in its corner and gained a ton of momentum in the recruitment. Oklahoma State offered great facilities and the aura of a sneaky darkhorse (a la UCLA for Kevon Looney). Stone followed through on his four official visits to each finalist, with the last coming on the Thursday and Friday of Halloween weekend at Connecticut.

With speculation swirling about Stone's academics and whether Wisconsin was waiting for a test score or transcript clearance to take's Stone's pledge, Maryland's Mark Turgeon came in and stole the recruitment with an in-home visit in late March, which led to Stone announcing his surprise decision on a Friday night via Twitter as Wisconsin was out in Los Angeles preparing fort the Elite Eight.

Press Clippings Recent Press

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2015
04.15: Diamond Stone's father details why his son decided to play at Maryland (Baltimore Sun)
03.31: Diamond Stone ignores negative reactions on Twitter (Journal Sentinel)
03.31: Diamond Stone says his ACT score and Under Armour aren’t why he chose Maryland over Wisconsin (Washington Post)
03.29: Milwaukee's Diamond Stone, Arike Ogunbowale are cousins, All-Americans (Chicago Tribune)
03.27: With Diamond Stone, Maryland could win 2016 national championship (Testudo Times)
03.27: Top recruit Stone spurns home state Badgers for Terrapins (Fox Sports Wisconsin)
03.27: 5-star center Diamond Stone commits to Maryland (SB Nation)
03.21: Dominican cruises to 4th straight title (Journal Sentinel)
03.18: Dominican's Stone selected as state's top senior post player (WisSports.net)
02.07: Diamond Stone has 43 points, 18 rebounds in Dominican win over Racine Case (Journal Sentinel)

2014
12.07: With Stone on bench, Dominican goes down to Riverside (Journal Sentinel)
12.04: Cousins among most highly recruited basketball players in country (Journal Sentinel)
11.03: Diamond Stone Enjoys UConn, Wisconsin trips, No Decision Date Set (Zags Blog)
10.16: Diamond Stone: Evaluation (Scout)
08.16: USA U17 Men Hold Off Australia 99-92 (USA Basketball)
08.14: USA U17 Men Head Into Medal Semifinals With 113-71 Victory Over China (USA Basketball)
08.13: Notebook: Huskers Looking for Paydirt (Scout)
07.28: Diamond Stone did not have a reason to tell anyone about UK offer (The Advocate Messenger)
07.22: Seven takeaways from the Under Armour Finals (NBC Sports)
07.17: No-post era? Not for college team that lands prospect Diamond Stone (SI.com)
07.10: Diamond Stone discusses his package deal, recent weight loss (NBC Sports)
06.05: Updated 2015 Top 100 (Scout)
04.29: Notebook: Jayhawk Invitational (247 Sports)
04.28: Weekend Recap For Illini Targets (247 Sports)
04.25: Stone goes big on opening night (Rivals)
04.01: Diamond Stone soared over his competition once again (Whitefish Bay NOW)
03.15: Whitefish Bay Dominican finishes strong with third straight title (Journal Sentinel)
03.13: Diamond Stone leads Dominican's rout (Journal Sentinel)
03.13: Dominican has a Diamond in the middle (Wisconsin State Journal)

2013
10.27: Milwaukee cousins high on everyone's wish list (Wisconsin State Journal)
07.29: Stone wraps up strong summer (247Sports)
07.27: One-on-One With Diamond Stone (OnTheRadarHoops.com)
07.22: Top-10 junior Diamond Stone shows off his passing ability (CBS Sports)
06.04: 2013 USA Basketball Men's U16 National Team Finalized (USA Basketball)
06.01: USA 16U trials wrap up (247 Sports)
05.21: Stone Cold (SLAM)
04.22: New NCAA Rules: Player perspective (ESPN)
01.31: Terps in the mix with 5-star center Diamond Stone (Baltimore Sun)

2012
10.08: Two stand out to Stone (247 Sports)
10.07: Big men stand out at USA basketball minicamp (Rivals)
07.19: 2012 Peach Jam Report - Day 1 (NBE Basketball Report)
07.19: Nike Peach Jam Day One Recap (CBS Sports)
07.10: LBJ: Super sophs duel to the end (Rivals)
07.07: Young Stone hearing from Indiana among others (Courier-Journal)
03.17: 6-9 freshman is a gem for Wisconsin champions (MaxPreps)
03.15: Whitefish Bay Dominican, freshman Diamond Stone shine (Journal-Sentinel)
03.15: Vikings can't slow down Dominican (Eau Claire Leader-Telegram)
03.13: Dominican freshman Stone a rock-solid presence (Journal-Sentinel)
02.11: Freshman Big Man Diamond Stone Already Hearing from Gophers, Badgers and Others (Gopherhole.com)

2011
12.30: Observations from the 2011 WBY Shootout (Wishoops.net)
05.20: John Lucas International Combine Report: Class of 2015 Top Performers Part 1 (BasketballSpotlight.com)

Multimedia Audio / Video

News Feature: Diamond Stone talks recruitment, dealing with pressure in high school - WTMJ (02.23.15)
Highlights: The Diamond Stone Senior Mixtape (Part 1) - Courtside Films/YouTube (02.06.15)
Highlights: All-tournament team - Diamond Stone - 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship - YouTube (08.21.14)
Interview: Diamond Stone - BadgerBlitz/Vimeo (10.29.14)
Interview: Diamond Stone talks final five school with Ryan Ellerbusch - Courtside Films/Vimeo (10.05.14)
Highlights: Diamond Stone Summer Mixtape - Vimeo (08.14.14)
Highlights: Diamond Stone (2015) Mixtape @ Jayhawk Invitational - YouTube (04.28.14)
Highlights: Diamond Stone vs Henry Ellenson - BadgerBlitz/YouTube (12.28.13)
Highlights: Summer Jam: Local star shines - Rivals (07.19.13)
Highlights: Koenig, Wilson, Stone & Conway At The '12 WBY Shootout - YouTube (12.27.12)
Highlights: Diamond Stone - Waukegan - Vimeo (10.16.12)
Interview: RecruitingNation: Diamond Stone Interview - YouTube (10.07.12)
Interview: Dominican's Diamond Stone - Madison.com (03.17.12)
Highlights: 6'10" Diamond Stone - Class of 2015 Top Center - YouTube (03.17.12)
Highlights: Diamond Stone - Vimeo (12.07.11)
Highlights: NY2LA Breakfast of Champions League - YouTube (10.16.11)
Highlights: Diamond Stone Basketball Highlights - John Lucas Camp - YouTube (09.04.11)

More Info Additional Info

2014-15 Schedule | 2013-14 | 2012-13 | 2011-12 | Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

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