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Five-star 2015 center trims list to five

Aug 28, 2014, 6:55 PM EST

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One of the major subplots of the spring in recruiting circles was the case of 2015 guard Malik Newman and 2015 center Diamond Stone. With the two being close friends there was talk of the five-star prospects being a “package deal,” with their desire being to play on the same college team. However nothing’s etched in stone, especially when it comes to recruiting, as the goal for both players is to find the best fit.

While things have been quiet from a recruiting standpoint for Newman, whose busy summer included playing in the U17 World Championships for the United States, Stone took a step towards his final decision on Thursday. Stone revealed his top five schools via Twitter, with Maryland, Duke, Wisconsin, Oklahoma State and UConn being the chosen schools.

Rivals rates Stone as the fifth-best prospect in the Class of 2015, and as a junior at Dominican HS in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin the 6-foot-10 big man led his school to a third consecutive Division 4 state title.

For those interested in the “package deal” chatter, UConn is the only school in Stone’s top five that has offered both he and Newman. But what does that really mean? Not sure anyone outside of Newman, Stone and their respective families would have an answer to that question at this point in time.

  1. klinickal - Aug 29, 2014 at 8:15 AM

    Wisconsin seems like the play here, they like their forwards who can shoot and post. Maryland….is a surprise here but Turgeon is determined to get on par with the big boys so this is his ticket.

    UConn with Newman would probably the best option as that would keep both him and Newman in the spotlight, and that is invaluable for NBA prospects.

    Duke – Can Him, Sean Obi and Chase Jeter co-exist?

    Oklahoma State – Nash staying four years does not help..even though he was severely over rated but they got Smart so maybe they can still get a Diamond.

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