33 - Diamond Stone


  • Birthday: 2/10/97
  • NBA Position: Center
  • Class: Freshman
  • Ht: 6-10
  • Wt: 255
  • Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
  • High School: Whitefish Bay Dominican
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NBA Comparison: Kendrick Perkins/Nikola Jokic

Strengths: Smooth freshman big with nice combination of size, strength and skill ... Very sure-handed player, catches almost every pass thrown his way ... Can snatch rebounds away from opponents' in traffic ... Has a very long reach (7'3.5" wingspan) ... Well put together physically at 6'11" and 255 lbs ... Solid athlete with a quick second jump ... Runs the floor well for a big man ... Possesses good footwork in the post ... His drop step is a very capable go-to move at the next level ... Already developed a good range of interior offense ... Understands how to finish below the rim well ... Has a great blend of strength and agility to his game ... Will often take advantage of a mismatch by playing "Bully Ball" against smaller defenders ... Good free throw shooter shooting at an 80 percent clip ... Has shown that he is also a threat in pick and pop plays ... Nice form on his shooting mechanics could possibly extend range to NBA three with practice... Does a good job of not giving ground to his man as a post defender ... His length can cause opposing players to alter their shots at the rim ... Has the tools to become an effective defender against perimeter players in pick and roll defense ... When fully locked in has a junkyard dog type quality and ferocity to his play ... Confident player who believes in his abilities ...

Weaknesses: Despite being very good at a young age, his upside is limited to a degree by his lack of great athletic ability ... Attitude is at best "immature" ... Can often be caught drifting or sleepwalking through numerous possessions ... Developed a bad reputation for his practice habits early in his college career ... Too often his motor runs hot and cold ... If the offense isn't running through him, do not expect him to give great effort or make much of an impact ... Will lose focus and let smaller defenders get him out of position ... Despite possessing great size and length he is no better than average as a rebounder ... Most of his rebounds come off of his own misses ... On the defensive glass he doesn't box out as much as he should, often leading to him losing rebounds to an opponent ... Not an elite level athlete. His length and strength makes up for it but he doesn't run fast or explode off the floor particularly well ... Needs to work on finishing through contact ... Has trouble scoring against longer defenders ... Defenders that match his strength are able to keep him out of the paint ... Improvement as a screener is necessary if he is to be successful at the next level ... Should not be viewed as a rim protector ... Lacks maturity and is prone to losing his cool as he did in the game against Wisconsin, slamming an opponents head against the floor, and drawing a one game suspension ...

Notes: Measured 6'10 (in shoes) 253 lbs, with a 7'2 wingspan at the 2012 LeBron James Skills Academy ... Measured 6'10 (with shoes) 240 lbs with a 7'2 wingspan at the 2013 LeBron James Skills Academy ... 2015 McDonald's All-American selection ... A consensus top 10 recruit in the 2015 class ... Won four straight state titles in high school ... Named Wisconsin Associated Press Player of the Year in 2015 ... Member of the 2014 USA U-17 World Championship team and named to All-Tournament Team ...

Overall: Stone is a hybrid sort of big. He possesses the size and physical stature of elite centers of the past, but has the necessary shooting touch and agility to make him a commodity in the modern NBA ... Stone is far from a finished product and the thought of his potential will be his biggest positive for the team that drafts him ... Could stand to slim down just a shade more, it could help him become a better athlete ... Stone will need to find a way to keep his head in the game at all times if he wants to have a long and productive NBA career ...

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