The Terrapins of the University of Maryland are a basketball team that, over the years, has run “hot and cold.” That is to say that this school’s basketball program lacks consistency. It is good some years, not very capable in other years.
That may be changing under Head Coach Mark Turgeon. Thanks to his leadership, the University of Maryland had a solid recruiting class prior to the start of the 2014-2015 Season. Better players produce better results and last year, for the first time in several seasons, the Terrapins won twenty-eight games while losing just seven.
It was enough to get this team a ranking in the “Top Ten” and an invitation to the much coveted “March Madness” Tournament. The University of Maryland took full advantage of the invitation and made it to the “Round of Thirty-Two” before losing. That was a positive result that Coach Turgeon would like to see recur in the upcoming season.
He may get his wish. That’s because he has successfully recruited Diamond Stone, a 6’10”, two hundred forty-five pound Center who was rated as the 7th best prospect in 2015. Remarkably, Stone is the highest rated prospect to choose the University of Maryland since way back in the 1970s, about forty years ago.
Stone is almost certainly going to be a special player, a true game-changer and a performer that will help the Terrapins in future recruiting efforts. His background offers lots of promise for the University of Maryland when play begins for real in a few weeks.
Diamond Stone attended Dominion High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In his four year career at that public school, he led his team to four state championship titles. In his senior year, this dynamic player averaged 24.4 points per game scoring, 11.7 rebounds per game and 3.0 blocked shots per game.
Those numbers offer reason enough why Stone’s high school won state championships every year he played.
The University of Maryland basketball team and Head Coach Mark Turgeon have lots to like about the immediate future. They’ll quickly discover that Diamond Stone is a terrific low post player who can score up close or from a distance. In fact, Stone is a skilled shooter, especially at medium range, a great ball handler with “sure hands” and a performer who can run the floor well.
Big, strong, athletic and agile, he can help make the Terrapins a “force to be reckoned with” in the new 2015-2016 Season. That’s the good news.
The bad news may be that this highly talented player has skills that mark him as a sure-fire National Basketball Association (NBA) superstar. The desire to play basketball at the highest of all levels, in the NBA, may make Diamond Stone a “one-and-done” player.
That means he could end his college career and make himself draft eligible next year. That’s why it’s important for the Terrapins to capitalize on his presence this year. The team has to strike “while the iron is hot.”
Courtesy of Maryland 247 Sports