Diamond Stone shot 6 of 7 from the field in Maryland's win against Rider on Friday. He came off the bench with Maryland down double-digits after the start of the second half, and he set about pacing the Terps through a comeback. He scored five second-half baskets on six tries, each coming from right at the hoop. But the five-star freshman showed his range as a post presence on offense, excelling against man-to-man defense, a Rider zone and even double-teams.
Here's a look at each of Stone's pivotal second-half scores:
1. Stone fights through a double-team and banks a shot in with his left hand.
Rider's using a zone against Stone here, but it becomes man-to-man in the post, then a double-team, then a de-facto triple team by the time Stone actually goes up to shoot. He calls for the ball and finishes with authority after a nice spin.
2. Stone jumps over three Rider players for a put-back dunk.
We've shown you this before, but it's pretty impressive that Stone a) runs the length of the floor to catch up to a speedy Rasheed Sulaimon, and b) literally jumps over three opposing players (while not contacting any of them, which would've been a foul) to clean up a miss and jam.
3. Stone comes off a pick for an inbounds-play score.
Nice matchup identification here, slowed down for a better look. Stone looks to be setting a pick for an inbounds pass, but Rider's Kahlil Thomas (No. 0) is 6'7 to Stone's 6'11 and standing all alone at the hoop. Stone rolls toward Thomas, catches a pass and beats him easily one-on-one.
4. Stone stays with a missed jumper and just out-muscles smaller players.
Slowing it down a bit: This one may or may not work so well against bigger defenders in the Big Ten, but it's good to see Stone doing what he should be doing against smattering of 6'7 and 6'9 defenders: shaking them off.
5. Stone collects a loose ball, glides through a zone and scores.
This is probably the most impressive thing Stone did against Rider. He and Melo Trimble miss badly on a pick-and-roll try from the 3-point arc, but Stone has the presence of mind and the nimbleness to first chase down the loose ball and then barrel through a zone without charging anybody, before he lightly finishes at the rim. This is a broken play, and Stone makes it look perfect. That's pure talent, no more or less.