Maryland Terps

Maryland Terps

Maryland freshman center Diamond Stone has officially signed with Jim Tanner and Derrick Powell of Tandem Sports + Entertainment, thus forfeiting his remaining college eligibility, the company announced Monday night. It comes shortly after the Maryland program announced that Stone had declared for the NBA Draft.

The agency represents a number of notable names around basketball, including Tim Duncan, Jeremy Lin, Grant Hill, Ray Allen, John Henson, Brandan Wright, and Thaddeus Young.

“Diamond possesses enormous talent,” Tanner said in a release. “He added energy to Maryland and helped the Terps maintain top rankings throughout the season.  We are looking forward to helping Diamond prepare for the NBA Draft this summer, and supporting him in this next exciting chapter of his career."

Stone won the Associated Press' Big Ten Newcomer of the Year award as a freshman, averaging 12.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks in 22.6 minutes per game. He broke the school's single-game scoring record for a freshman when he dropped 39 points on Penn State on Dec. 30. 

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The previous record had been held by former No. 1 overall NBA draft pick Joe Smith.

Coming out of high school, Stone was a five-star recruit who was ranked as the sixth-best player in the class of 2015.