Saturday marked the first day of training camp for the United States U19 team, which is being led by Arizona head coach Sean Miller and assistants Ed Cooley (Providence) and Archie Miller (Dayton), with a list of 24 players needing to be pared down to 12 in advance of the FIBA U19 World Championships. Saturday it was learned that three candidates will not be participating in the camp, one of whom is reportedly on his college campus already.
Diamond Stone, one of the top incoming freshmen, withdrew from the camp as did 2016 prospects Tyus Battle (Michigan commit) and Malik Monk according to the Arizona Daily Star. Per the report, a USA Basketball spokesman cited health and family reasons for the players’ decisions to withdraw.
Although there’s been no official confirmation, a source said it’s likely Stone is at Maryland to stay. It appears to be a late change of plans, as Maryland coach Mark Turgeon spoke about Stone’s delayed arrival Thursday at an athletic department tour stop in Baltimore.
“[USA basketball] is good for his development … He gets to play against top competition; it seasons him [but] I don’t think anything will make Diamond nervous,” Turgeon said. “Personally, I’d rather have him around. I’d rather have him in the weight room with Kyle and lifting with the guys and practicing with me, but you can’t get hold kids back. If that’s the best thing for him, then that’s what they should be doing.”
The World Championships run from June 27 to July 5 and will be played in Heraklion, Crete. According to USA Basketball, the list of 15 finalists is expected to be revealed June 15 (Monday), with that group being pared down to 12 shortly thereafter. The training camp runs through the 26th of the month.
Coaches Donnie Bostwick (Southwest Assemblies of God), Kerry Keating (Santa Clara) and LeVelle Moton (North Carolina Central) are serving as court coaches during the training camp.
Cheick Diallo leads East to McDonald’s All-American Game victory
Cheick Diallo, who attends Our Savior New American in Centereach, New York and is still considering Kentucky, St. John’s, Iowa State, Pittsburgh and Kansas, accounted for 18 points and ten rebounds as the East won 111-91. The 6-foot-9 Diallo is one of the best defenders and rebounders in the class, and he has a high motor as well.
He was one of five double-digit scorers for the East, with Antonio Blakeney (LSU commit) and Diamond Stone (Maryland commit) scoring 14 apiece, Florida State commit Dwayne Bacon adding 12 and Kentucky commit Isaiah Briscoe 11. Diallo was one of two East players who grabbed ten rebounds, with LSU commit Ben Simmons being the other.
Allonzo Trier, who’s headed to Arizona next season, led four West players in double figures with 17 points. Also in double figures were Brandon Ingram (15 points; undecided), P.J. Dozier (14 points; South Carolina commit) and Ivan Rabb (ten points; undecided).
Five-star Class of 2015 center commits to Maryland
The No. 6 overall player in the 2015 class, according to Rivals, the 6-foot-10 Stone is a major impact recruit for the Terps, as he is a genuine low-post scorer with skill as a multi-faceted offensive force. Stone can go over either shoulder in the post and also has a jumper that extends all the way to the 3-point line. His massive frame makes him an attractive long-term prospect and he’s inevitably going to be a topic of conversion among pro scouts because he’s so skilled for his size.
Stone took official visits to Oklahoma State, Maryland and Wisconsin during the recruiting process and UConn was also heavily involved for the Wisconsin native. A 2015 McDonald’s All-American, Stone is two-time gold medal winner with USA Basketball as he took home top honors during the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship and the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship. Stone also made All-Tournament honors during the 2014 FIBA World Championships for his strong play.