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:
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.
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COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Jordan McNair, a University of Maryland football player hospitalized after an organized team workout two weeks ago, has died.
Maryland executive athletic director Damon Evans said McNair was hospitalized on May 29 and died Wednesday.
McNair was a 6-foot-4, 325-pound offensive lineman preparing for his sophomore season. A graduate of McDonogh (Md.) High School, McNair played one game last season.
After leading McDonogh to an 8-3 record as a senior, McNair chose Maryland over Ohio State, Auburn, Penn State and Rutgers.
In a statement, Maryland coach DJ Durkin said, "Our team is heartbroken with the loss of Jordan McNair. Jordan was an incredible young man, and his passion and enthusiasm made him an invaluable and beloved member of our team."
He added, "Over the past few weeks, Jordan never gave up with his family, friends and team by his side. Our team will continue to be inspired by the spirit of this brave fighter."
Maryland basketball head coach Mark Turgeon announced earlier today that assistant coach Dustin Clark is parting ways with the program to pursue an opportunity in Texas with a family business.
In three seasons as a full-time assistant, Clark was responsible for recruiting Kevin Huerter and Anthony Cowan Jr., along with incoming freshman Aaron Wiggins.
The 35-year-old also made a point to recruit overseas, spending much of his time at the Canaris Basketball Academy in the Canary Islands, where he found former Terps center Michal Cekovsky and current redshirt freshman forward Joshua Tomaic.
Clark will become the second member of Turgeon's staff to leave the team following this past season. Nima Omidvar, who was brought on to replace Clark as director of basketball operations in 2014, walked away to become a full-time assistant coach at South Alabama in April.
At the start of the 2018-19 season, Bino Ranson will be the only original member of Turgeon's staff.
Matt Brady, who has had previous head coaching stints at James Madison and Marist, will replace Clark.
In his eight years at JMU, Brady won 139 games and enjoyed four seasons with 20 wins or more. His 2012-13 team won the Colonial Athletic Association and reached the NCAA tournament. He finished with a 73-50 overall record after four seasons at Marist.
The news comes after a season in which the team failed to make the NCAA tournament with an overall record of 19-13, including 8-10 in Big Ten play.