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InsideMDSports: Top Terps target Diamond Stone waiting until spring to sign with a school

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Dominican High (Wisc.) center Diamond Stone will wait until the spring to sign a National Letter of Intent, his father told InsideMDSports.com.

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Stone, a 6-foot-10 senior rated the No. 1 center in 247Sports' Class of 2015 Composite rankings, is considering Connecticut, Maryland, Wisconsin and Oklahoma State. He officially visited all four schools this fall and seemed to be at least considering signing a national letter of intent during the NCAA's early signing period, which began last week and ended Wednesday. But his father, Bob Stone, told IMS this morning that wouldn't happen.

Stone still could commit orally before the spring period, which begins April 15, but wouldn't be officially bound to the school he chooses until he signs.

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UConn is the leader in Stone's Crystal Ball, with 80 percent of predictions, but his recruitment has played out quietly, with his father keeping the process a family affair.

Maryland has recruited Stone since his freshman year, with assistant Bino Ranson leading the effort. Stone took his official visit to College Park a month ago. The Terps have just one true center on the roster in sophomore Damonte Dodd and are looking for another post player to complement their talent-laden cast of perimeter players.

"I think they've got eight returning lettermen next year and we had talked about what they run but we got to see it in person. Coach Turgeon, he seemed to be in control," Bob Stone told IMS. "We talked to a lot of the kids. They all seemed like nice kids.

"It was pretty nice. We went to the football game, saw Maryland Madness, got to see the facilities and talk to all the people. ... It was kind of a big campus, but kind of cozy at the same time."

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