Maryland freshman center Diamond Stone will declare for the NBA Draft but will not hire an agent, according to a report from Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com. Stone subsequently retweeted the news from his personal Twitter account.
By not hiring an agent, Stone retains his eligibility and could return to Maryland if he so chooses. The NBA Draft Combine, if he were to be invited, is set to take place from May 11-15. Players have until May 25 to pull their names out of the draft.
Stone came to Maryland as a five-star late signee who was ranked as the sixth-best player in the class of 2015. He averaged 12.5 points and 5.4 rebounds per game as a freshman at Maryland while shooting 56.8 percent from the field and and 76.1 percent from the free-throw line.
His biggest performance of the season came on Dec. 30 against Penn State when he set a school record for points in a single game by a freshman (39).
DraftExpress.com currently projects Stone to be taken with the No. 23 overall pick by the Atlanta Hawks. Stone is one of three players with an NBA Draft decision to make. Sophomore Melo Trimble and redshirt junior Robert Carter, Jr. are the other two centerpieces of the 2015-16 season who have yet to make their decisions known publicly.
UPDATE 4 APRIL 2016, 9:01 p.m. ET
While calling the situation "fluid," multiple sources have told CSN that Stone has yet to make a final decision regarding his NBA Draft future. More here.