The “package deal” continues to be a target for UConn. The package includes a big man, Diamond Stone, from Milwaukee, and Malik Newman, a combo-guard from Jackson, Ms., who have expressed interest in choosing a college together. Scout.com recruiting analyst Evan Daniels originally reported, via Twitter:
“Diamond Stone tells me he is taking an unofficial visit to Connecticut with Malik Newman this weekend.”.
However, it now appears it will just be Stone. More from Daniels:
“Just received a text message from Malik Newman in regards to visiting UConn this weekend: “I was, but I can’t now.” … It looks like it will be just Diamond Stone at UConn this weekend. Still a big deal for Kevin Ollie …”
Either way, it is, indeed, a positive development. UConn has invested a lot of time with both, considered “five star” recruits, including in-home visits this spring. Kevin Ollie also squeezed in a trip to Milwaukee last season to see Stone play. They are both rated near the very top of the 2015 recruiting class, so if the Huskies were to land both, to go along with Will Jackson, they would be in excellent shape there.
Newman, 6-foot-3, and Stone, 6-10, became close friends playing on USA Basketball’s under-16 team in Uruguay last summer. Here’s a nice read on their relationship from the Jackson Clarion-Ledger.
Another guard/big duo visited UConn earlier this week, guard Jalen Adams from Boston, who came to First Night last year, and big man Josh Sharma, 7-0, from Northfield Mt.Hermon. They are teammates on Rivals Basketball Club in New Hampshire.
On another front, freshman Daniel Hamilton and Rakim Lubin are expected to start classes at UConn on June 30. I had the wrong date here the other day, my bad.