Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Diamond Stone, the new No. 1 player in the Class of 2015 according to Scout.com, visited UConn this past weekend in what can only been seen as a huge coup for the new minted NCAA champions and head coach Kevin Ollie.
Stone’s camp has maintained a low-profile on his recruitment, keeping interviews to a minimum.
Yet given UConn’s history with sending big men to the NBA — Andre Drummond, Emeka Okafor and Charlie Villanueva to name a few — it’s safe to say Ollie reminded the 6-foot-10, 255-pound Stone of that tradition.
It was originally reported that 6-foot-3 Mississippi native Malik Newman would also make the trip to UConn, but he told Evan Daniels of Scout he was unable to attend.
Still, Stone and Newman have maintained that they intend to go to college as a package deal.
“It’s 100 percent,” Newman told SNY.tv over Memorial Day Weekend at the NIKE EYBL stop in Minneapolis. “Hopefully, everything works out, but right now everything is going good. That’s the plan — we don’t plan on changing.”
Package deals are all the rave these days in recruiting circles. Plenty of recruits have talked about them recently, but rarely do they actually get done.
Stone is averaging 24.8 points, 11.0 rebounds and 4.3 blocks per game this spring on the Under Armour circuit.
Newman has his Jackson Tigers AAU squad through to the EYBL Finals at Peach Jam next month.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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