Apr 1, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; McDonald’s All American West forward Ivan Rabb (23) shoots the ball against McDonald’s All American East center Diamond Stone (33) during the second half at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
Over the weekend, the No. 7 prospect in the Class of 2015, Diamond Stone committed to play basketball for the Maryland Terrapins. Terps fans got a little taste of what the big man is capable of in the McDonald’s High School All-American Game last night.
Stone appeared to be having a good time on the court, which is evident in his scoring of 14 points in the game to go with three rebounds. He went 7-of-9 from the field and was able to put his all-around game on display for the world to see. His performance was pretty meaningful to the outcome of the game, as he helped guide the East to a 111-91 victory.
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Of course, all of the players in these games are supremely talented, but it is pretty clear that Stone is one of the best. He was all over the court Wednesday night. So much so, that he even elbowed an official inadvertently, rewarding him with a nice shiner for getting in his way.
One of Stone’s top highlights of the night came towards the end, when he delivered a putback slam to close out the game. Check it out.
Just after watching the tape and this game, Diamond Stone is the real deal and if anyone still has doubts, I’m sure he’ll erase them before next season’s end. The inside-outside action between he and Melo Trimble will be a sight to see and virtually unstoppable. Enjoy the ride, Terps fans, because he won’t be in College Park very long.