With the naming Friday of Maryland freshman Diamond Stone to the second annual Kareem Abdul-Jabbar national center award watch list, that gives the Terps four players at the respective positions who’ve been included as candidates for the nation’s top individual preseason honors.
The 6-10, 250-pound Stone, a five-star prospect from Milwaukee, joins sophomore point guard Melo Trimble (Bob Cousy Award) senior transfer shooting guard Rasheed Sulaimon (Jerry West Award) and senior small forward Jake Layman (Julius Erving Award) in being recognized among the 20 best at their respective positions.
The awards are sponsored by the James Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame.
Stone was one of five freshmen to be named to the Abdul-Jabbar list, along with Indiana’s Thomas Bryant, Kansas' Cheick Diallo, Kentucky's Skal Labissiere and UNLV's Stephen Zimmerman. Labissiere and Diallo has yet to be cleared yet academically by the NCAA.
The one glaring omission among Maryland players is junior transfer power forward Robert Carter Jr. on the list of the Karl Malone Award. Carter, a 6-9 235-pound forward, averaged 10.5 points and 7.4 rebounds in two years at Georgia Tech and is expected to increase those numbers this season.