Saturday, March 28, 2015

Top Recruit Diamond Stone Commits to Maryland

McDonald's All American Diamond Stone has committed to the University of Maryland.  Stone is ranked 7th out of all high school seniors in the country by ESPN.  

Stone, a 6-10, 250 center, dominates players in the post.  Although he does not have the greatest jump shot, he punishes opponents with powerful post moves.  This season at Dominican High School in Wisconsin, he averaged 24.4 points, 11.4 rebounds, and 2.8 blocks per game this season (Via FoxSports).  

UConn, Wisconsin, and Oklahoma State had all also offered the 6-10 big man.  A crucial factor that affected Stone's commitment was Maryland's connection to Under Armour.  His AAU team and high school teams were both also sponsored by UA and it seems he wants to carry on that tradition.

Diamond Stone will bring Maryland another top recruit to help boost their program.  This year their freshman guard Melo Trimble helped lead the Terps into the second round of the NCAA Tournament.  Although they fell short to West Virginia they still had a great team.  Assuming that Trimble and fellow NBA prospect Jake Layman stay at school,  Maryland will have a loaded team next year.  

As the college season winds down, expect more and more of the top recruits to start committing to the college of their choice.  Many players wait to see if the college teams will lose talent to the upcoming NBA Draft, but Diamond Stone feels confident that Maryland is the right place for him next year.

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