Former WI prep star Stone declares for draft; Ellenson hires agent

Former Milwaukee prep star Diamond Stone has declared for the NBA draft and hired an agent.

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Former Milwaukee prep star Diamond Stone will enter the NBA draft and sign with an agent after one season at the University of Maryland.

The 6-foot-11 center is projected to be a first-round pick in the NBA draft on June 23.

Stone was Maryland’s second-leading scorer this past season, averaging 12.5 points while earning the Big Ten’s newcomer of the year award. Before Maryland, Stone was an all-America recruit out of Dominican High School in Milwaukee, leading the school to four straight state championships. He was named Wisconsin Associated Press Player of the Year as a senior in 2015.

"My family and I spent a great deal of time discussing my future and we felt this was the best decision as I pursue my dream of playing professional basketball," Stone said in a statement issued Monday.

Stone signed with the agency Tandem Sports + Entertainment, which represents Jeremy Lin and Tim Duncan among others. Another top 2015 Wisconsin recruit, Henry Ellenson, signed on Monday with Roc Nation Sports, an agency founded by Jay Z.

Ellenson, of Rice Lake, Wis., is projected to be a top-10 pick in the draft.

The Assoicated Press contributed to this report.