Boos were expected for Maryland freshman Diamond Stone, the Milwaukee native and long-time Badgers target, in his return to his home state for Saturday’s game against Wisconsin in Madison.
He even acknowledged it before the game when talking with the media.
“If the crowd is loud, that’s like the environment I like to play in,” Stone said on Thursday. “I like to play in big environments. I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a sold out game and I’m ready to play.”
He was heartily booed when he entered the game around the 16-minute mark of the first half and booed early every subsequent time he touched the basketball, which was followed by a cheer from the crowd after he missed his first jump shot.
But according to reports from members of the Wisconsin media, further chants targeted Stone and questioned his high school test scores and his ability to read:
Maryland's Diamond Stone (Milwaukee native and former #Badgers target) booed by Wisconsin fans as he checks in. Students chant A-C-T. Yikes.
— Jesse Temple (@jessetemple) January 9, 2016
#Badgers fans now chanting "You Can't Read." Too far.
— Evan Flood (@Evan_Flood) January 9, 2016
Following Stone’s commitment to Maryland, there had been reports that academics may have played a role in the five-star prospect turning down the in-state Badgers to sign with the Terrapins. In a radio interview with Glenn Clark after his commitment to Maryland, Stone refuted that notion and said that there were no academic limitations that played a part in his decision.
"My guidance counselor [asked me], 'Do you want me to post your scores online so people know?'" he said at the time. "I got a 20 on the ACT and ... I could've went to Wisconsin, but I feel like Maryland is the place for me."
Stone overcame two early fouls to regain his footing as the game progressed. He had a big dunk in the second half off a feed from point guard Melo Trimble to help extend Maryland's late lead. He finished with 11 points and four rebounds for the game.