Getting to Know Diamond Stone

Big men are always at a premium when recruiting at the high major level. In 2014 the Blue Devils pulled in the nation's top center prospect, and will be looking to add another big time player to replace Jahlil Okafor in the class of 2015. That player is Wisconsin's Diamond Stone.

Duke has already been in to visit and evaluate the 6-foot-11, 260 pound center, and the Blue Devils taken notice. In doing so the Blue Devils joined schools such as Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, Marquette, North Carolina and Southern Methodist.

It's easy to see why so many programs have stepped up with heavy interest and offers so early according to Scout.com's Rob Harrington who provided the following scouting report to TDD:

"His footwork is highly refined for a young center, and he delivers via turnaround jump shots, hooks and, of course, dunks. Because he's both tall and solidly built, he projects long-term as a power low-block scorer who also possesses a finesse scoring touch."

"Stone can step out to 12-15 feet in and knock down shots already, and his range should expand over time. He might enjoy more consistent success now if he'd raise the release point on his shot, which is low. He's able to get away with it largely because of his size, but that stands as one area he could improve."

"His athleticism doesn't overwhelm, but he certainly isn't suffering from a deficit. Stone won't be Shaq II but is on pace to become an interior anchor offensively and defensively. His solid physique and long arms make him an effective shotblocker, a talent he should carry through the remainder of his career."

For his part, Stone's preferred system at the high school level - and what he's looking for in a college program - closely adheres to the strengths outlined by Harrington.

"Inside first, then once you pass it inside you pass it out. Basically a big offense," Stone said. "Everything inside. I'm ambidextrous so I can use both hands and I'm quick on my feet so I use that to my advantage."

As with most high majors, Stone takes the criticisms of his game and works to minimize them.

"I just need to work on my lateral moves to make sure I move quicker because a lot of bigs are playing guard like Kevin Durant, he's my height, so if I was in the NBA right now I'd need to be able to guard him," Stone said. "I just need to work on my defense and becoming a leader, not getting down on my teammates and stuff like that."

Stone is currently ranked as the nation's top center and the No.2 overall prospect in the class of 2015.


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