Diamond Stone (Milwaukee, WI/Dominican) wrapped up his impressive play this summer over the weekend with the Power 24 Touranment in Atlanta, Ga. The 6-foot-10, 240-pound center is considered the ninth best player in the class of 2015 and the third best center overall.
Despite the lofty ratings that accompany scholarship offers from across the country, Stone has not allowed the attention to go to his head, instead focusing on certain aspects of his game he wanted to improve upon.
"Perimeter defense is the big thing," Stone told 247Sports. "I am working to be able to guard more big men that can dribble and handle the ball away from the basket. Then just other areas of the game like rebounding and blocking shots and offensively I am developing more moves and techiniques to score in different ways."
Heading into the summer, Stone worked hard to drop some weight and increase his stamina. When asked what he felt was proved to the college coaches that watched him in July, he did not hesitate to speak about his diet.
"Definitely my weight loss," he said. "I lost 23 pounds over the summer so I have become slimmer. I feel quicker and stronger and I just feel like I am doing things faster than I use to do."
Heading into his junior year of high school, Stone has tried to stay out of the recruiting process. Instead, allowing his family and coaches to handle it while he enjoys being a high school student and focusing on his academics and improving his all-around game.
Still the top-ten 2015 prospect did talk about two schools that are heavily involved in trying to secure his services. The first is in-state school Wisconsin and head coach Bo Ryan, who has earned the respect of the Stone.
"They are a good school," Stone said about the Badgers. "I have visited there a couple times. It is a big school with some really nice coaches and some good overall people."
This summer it has been reported that North Carolina extended an offer as well. He talked about the Tar Heels and what his knowledge of their program was.
"They have a terrific school that everyone knows about," he said. "They also have a winning program."
Even though Stone is not focusing on the recruiting side of things at the moment. He did have a good idea of what will be important to both he and his family when he starts to really focus on schools.
"Good coach and good chemistry," he said. "The education is going to be a factor also. Really everything all the way around is going to be important to me and my family when we sit down and talk about it."
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