The early hysteria from the spring had quieted. The preseason hype about Diamond Stone being the Maryland men's basketball team's most talented big man since Joe Smith had faded, too.
It's not that Stone had been a disappointment over the first month of his freshman season. Far from it. It's just that the role Stone and others envisioned him playing had evolved much differently than expected.
And then, on Dec. 30, it happened.
It started quietly, with another solid stint off the bench against Penn State in the opening half of Stone's first Big Ten Conference game. The explosion followed shortly after Stone took the floor at Xfinity Center to start the second...