Some thoughts on Friday’s news that the 6-foot-10 Diamond Stone, one of the most sought-after high school basketball players in the country, plans to play basketball next season at the University of Maryland:
The announcement that Milwaukee-area high school basketball phenom Diamond Stone has committed to play at the University of Maryland next season is huge.
In fact, everything about Stone is huge, beginning with his actual size. Most scouting services list him at 6-foot-10 and 250 pounds, although he tweeted earlier this year that he had been measured at seven feet tall.
It’s also a huge “get” for Maryland and coach Mark Turgeon, who beat out Wisconsin, Connecticut and Oklahoma State, his other top choices. In truth, though, every big-time school in the country pursued him at one point, including Duke, UCLA and all the rest.
They did so with good reason. Stone is a consensus top 10 player nationally and his ranking within the top 10 depends on which outlet (ESPN, Scout.com, etc.) you’re looking at. Stone is headed to Chicago for the McDonald’s-sponsored high school All-America game on Wednesday and becomes – aside from Melo Trimble – Maryland’s first McDonald’s All-American signee since sharpshooting guard Mike Jones in 2007.
Considering his size, talent and potential, it seems unlikely that he’ll remain in College Park for four years, so here’s a crash course, including quotes, facts and figures about the young man who might be the program’s most celebrated signee since Albert King, almost 40 years ago.
With that said, here are 10 things to know about Diamond Stone:
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