I knew Maryland was good. In fact, I think they could be the best team in the country, because they have depth.
Most of the praise for this team will come to Melo Trimble. The sophomore guard with a cool game and a cool name was the Big Ten pick for preseason player of the year.
However, against Penn State Wednesday night, Trimble was cold, making 3 baskets out of 15. It was a freshman off the bench who was unstoppable. Freshman forward Diamond Stone scored 39 points in 32 minutes shooting 10 of 15 from the field and making 19 free throws with 12 rebounds.
A nice coming out party for a freshman not many had on their radar. 39 points is the most ever scored in a game by a Maryland freshman.
Stone is a 6-11 255 native of Milwaukee going east to join the Terrapins. He has seen significant minutes since joining the team as a freshman.
The good news for hoops fans who hate to see the low post game dying out is apparently we can expect more from the young fella in the future.
“I think Diamond likes the bright lights, he likes the big stage, he likes to be challenged,” said head coach Mark Turgeon.
Personally, I like Maryland (as do others) and I think they’ll be there right in the Elite Eight Final Four territory come March and Stone will have the biggest of stages to perform on. Maryland is a national title contender. There I said it.