Diamond Stone, the 6-foot-10 inch standout from Milwaukee Dominican, is in Philadelphia this week for the Reebok Breakout Classic and provided some insight into a perceived package recruiting deal he reportedly has with Malik Newman, a shooting guard from Jackson, Miss.
According to NBCSports.com, Stone and Newman met at a camp several years ago and formed a close friendship.
“We met in eighth grade at John Lucas Camp and we just connected right there,” Stone said. “He’s one of my best friends. I talk to him every day.
“Who wouldn’t want to go to college with their best friend?”
Stone is rated as the top prep center in the country, according to ESPN.com, and is ranked as the top recruit in both Wisconsin and the Midwest. He is fourth on the ESPN100.
Newman, meanwhile, is the top shooting guard in the Class of 2015 and is third on the ESPN100.
Stone is down to 246 pounds, according to his father, down from 263 earlier this year.
Stone said that talk of a package deal between he and Newman is overblown, saying that he is open to any school that wants to recruit them, either as a pair or individually.
Stone reportedly has scholarship offers from Marquette and Wisconsin in state, as well as Connecticut, Arizona, DePaul, Duke, Florida, Georgetown, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, LSU, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Tulsa, UCLA and USC.