Diamond Stone (1), shown at the Jayhawk Invitational AAU event in April, is the top-rated recruit in Wisconsin. (Image capture from youtube.com)

Diamond Stone Powers Team USA To Win At U17 Worlds

Milwaukee Dominican star Diamond Stone scored 22 points and the U.S. held off Greece for an 83-73 win Friday in the opener of the FIBA Under-17 World Championships in Dubai.

Stone had 18 points in the first half and finished with 22 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots for Team USA, the two-time defending champions in the event . (h/t College Basketball Talk)

Stone, a 6-foot-10, 250-pounder who will be a senior at Dominican this year, is the top-ranked center in the nation for the Class of 2015, according to ESPN.com.  He is ranked fourth in the ESPN100.

He is still undeclared as far as where he plans to attend college in 2015 and has made just one official visit so far, going to Connecticut in June.

Both Wisconsin and Marquette have offered scholarships to Stone, but are just two of 21 schools who have done so.

Stone also has offers from national powers Arizona, Connecticut, Duke, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina and UCLA. Within the Big Ten, Stone has been offered by Illinois, Indiana, Maryland and Minnesota as well as the Badgers.

He has also reportedly received offers from DePaul, Georgetown, LSU, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Tulsa and USC.

Team USA is competing in Group A of the 16-team event. The U.S. plays Angola on Saturday and concludes group play against the Philippines on Monday.

Elimination play begins Tuesday, with the quarterfinals set for Thursday, the semifinals on Aug. 15 and the championship set for Aug. 16.

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