Diamond Stone scored 14 points and helped the East team secure a 20 point win over the West team in the 2015 McDonald's All-American Wednesday evening. Stone, the 5-star center from Wisconsin, committed to Maryland last Friday and showed why he was one of the most highly touted recruits in the 2015 class.
Stone was 7/9 from the field, grabbed three rebounds, and had two blocks. Stone showed off a nice hook shot around the basket, as well as an ability to easily put back missed shots by teammates. When Stone received the ball in the low post, it was hard to stop him from scoring.
Stone also played well on the defensive end, frequently disrupting the shot of opposing players, registering two blocks, and cutting off lanes as player attempted to drive to the basket and score.
During the broadcast, former Duke guard and ESPN commentator Jay Williams said talked extensively about just how good Maryland will be next season with the addition of Stone and the return of guard Melo Trimble:
Jay Williams: "Maryland is a real player, a team that can win the national title next year with a guy like Diamond Stone."— Jake Russell (@_JakeRussell) April 2, 2015
Stone demonstrated why he was such an important addition to Mark Turgeon's team for next season. Pairing him with Robert Carter Jr. gives the Terps one of the best front courts in the nation. Should Jake Layman return for his senior year and coupled with Melo Trimble, the Terps should be a force in both the Big Ten and nationally next season.
Looking forward to seeing more of this next year: