For the second straight year, Maryland and coach Mark Turgeon have scored one of the nation’s best incoming freshmen in its recruiting class.
6-foot-10 center Diamond Stone tweeted Friday that he has committed to the Terrapins, and he will make an immediate impact in a thin frontcourt next season.
Stone is the Class of 2015’s No. 1 center according to ESPN and Rivals. Ranking the Milwaukee native No. 2 at his position, 247 Sports and Scout are the critical ones.
Stone had offers from several high-major programs, most notably Arizona and Wisconsin.
Although Maryland loses star Dez Wells and key supporters Richaud Pack and Evan Smotrycz, the Terrapins figure to be one of the Big Ten’s better teams once again in 2015-16.
On the front line, the Terrapins return sophomore Damonte Dodd, who showed flashes this season of his potential to be one of the conference’s top big men. Georgia Tech transfer Robert Carter will be eligible after redshirting the 2014-15 season.
Along with those two bigs, Stone should earn significant minutes in the team’s frontcourt rotation.
Stone is the second member of Maryland’s incoming class, joining junior college guard Jaylen Brantley. He is Turgeon’s second five-star recruit in as many seasons along with freshman stud Melo Trimble, who led the Terrapins in scoring and assists this season.