5-star center Diamond Stone to make unofficial visit to Michigan basketball this weekend
ANN ARBOR -- The Michigan basketball program's 2013 class might not yet be finished, and the Wolverines have yet to score a commitment for 2014.
But that doesn't mean John Beilein's staff isn't already making some headway in 2015.
Diamond Stone, a 6-foot-10 2015 center from Dominican High School in Wisconsin, will make an unofficial visit to Michigan this weekend, according to AAU coach DeShawn Curtis.
Stone is a five-star prospect according to both Scout.com and ESPN.com. ESPN and Scout both rank Stone as the No. 2 overall prospect in the 2015 class.
"His father (Robert Stone) is from Flint," Curtis said. "So, obviously there's some ties there. Honestly, he's kind of wide open as far as what he's looking at. He likes what they're trying to do there at Michigan, trying to build the program back up.
"Obviously they had a great season last year, and he likes what they're doing there right now and wants to check it out."
It's important to note that Beilein does not officially offer a scholarship to prospects until June 15 after their sophomore year. So, in Stone's case, it would be June 15, 2013.
With Stone now expressing some in interest in Michigan, the Wolverines have now drawn looks from the top two players in the 2015 class -- as top-rated big man Karl Towns Jr. has also expressed interest in the Wolverines during the early portion of the recruiting process.
At 6-foot-10, 252 pounds, Stone ranks just behind Towns in both Scout and ESPN's current rankings list.
"Diamond is a long and solid athlete with a good body at an early age," ESPN wrote in a scouting evaluation. "He scores well inside the paint and continues to develop his post moves. We expect this continue as he shows terrific touch. He can also rebound well and block shots.
"Overall, Diamond is an outstanding post prospect, and may be the best in his class. The tools are all there and the production is starting to match. We'll be seeing his name at the top of the rankings for a while."