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WSN15: Boys Basketball Top Players #3 -- Diamond Stone, Dominican

04/17/2018, 11:00am CDT
By Mark Miller

The WSN15 series will celebrate the 15th Anniversary of by looking back at the top players, teams, and moments of the past 15 years (2003-2017). 

The WSN15 boys' basketball series continues with the Top 15 Players of the WSN Era.

Dominating post players are somewhat rare to find these days.

Many players with height in today's game tend to play on the perimeter almost as much as in the paint.

Diamond Stone, on the other hand, was a throwback.

The 6-foot-10, 255-pound center lived around the basket for all four of his years at Dominican High School, and his ability to control the game from close to the hoop helped the Knights to a combined 101-11 record and four consecutive WIAA Division 4 state championships.

Stone averaged 13.4 points as a freshman, 16.9 points as a sophomore, 24.2 points as a junior and 24.6 points as a senior. He earned first-team all-state honors from the Associated Press in 2015 and 2014, and second-team laurels in 2013. 

A McDonald's All-American who scored 14 points in the McDonald's All-American Game, Stone shared the Mr. Basketball award with Henry Ellenson of Rice Lake in 2015, and was chosen as the state's Player of the Year by the Associated Press in the same season.

Ranked No. 6 in the country in the class of 2015 by, Stone continues to hold WIAA State Tournament records for most blocked shots in a game (14) and in a two-game tournament (20). As a ninth grader in 2012 playing for coach Paul Wollersheim, Stone scored 15 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and blocked 14 shots to help Dominican defeat Colfax 67-44 in a state semifinal. 

Stone played for coach Derek Berger the next three seasons and finished his brilliant prep career with 2,193 points. In his final game at Dominican, Stone scored 23 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as the Knights beat Mineral Point 75-49 in the D4 title game at the Kohl Center.

One of two players in the history of the WIAA State Tournament to play on four successive state-title teams -- Ryan Tillema of Randolph is the other -- Stone narrowed his list of potential colleges to Connecticut, Duke, Maryland, Oklahoma State and Wisconsin in August prior to the start of his senior season.

The object of an intense recruiting battle over the next several months, Stone announced via Twitter on March 27, 2015 that he would attend Maryland.

As a freshman at Maryland in 2015-16, Stone earned Big Ten Newcomers of the Year honors from the Associated Press. He averaged 12.5 points and 5.4 rebounds in helping Maryland to a 27-9 record and a spot in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

Stone entered the NBA Draft following his freshman season at Maryland and was picked in the second round with the 40th selection by the New Orleans Pelicans. He was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers on draft night and played seven games for the Clippers in 2016-17. 

During each of the past two seasons, Stone has spent the majority of his time playing the G League. In 31 games for the Salt Lake City Stars this past season, Stone averaged 16.0 points and 6.4 rebounds.

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