|No. 77 – Toronto Raptors|
December 7, 1988 |
|Listed height||6 ft 6 in (198 cm)|
|Listed weight||200 lb (91 kg)|
|High school||Dos Pueblos (Goleta, California)|
|NBA draft||2011 / Undrafted|
|Pro playing career||2011–present|
|2012||→Idaho Stampede (D-League)|
|2013||→Iowa Energy (D-League)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Julyan Ray Stone (born December 7, 1988) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played collegiately for the University of Texas-El Paso. He signed with the Nuggets in December 2011 after going undrafted in the 2011 NBA Draft.
Stone was born on December 7, 1988, in Alexandria, Virginia to David and Janet Stone. He has three siblings, his brother J.T. played college football at West Texas A&M University, while his brother Jason played collegiately at San Diego State University. Julyan attended Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta, California, where he was a member of the varsity basketball team for four seasons. As a senior, he averaged 17 points, 8.0 rebounds, 8.0 assists, and 5.7 steals. After the season, he was considered a top 200 recruit by HOOP Scoop Online heading into college.
Stone was rated as a two-star recruit by Rivals.com and was recruited by both the University of Texas-El Paso (UTEP) and the University of Portland. On May 4, 2007, he accepted the scholarship offer from UTEP. In his freshman season at UTEP, he averaged 2.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.6 steals, per game. He finished the season with 52 steals, second most on the team. He also finished with 114 assists and 50 turnovers, making his assist–to–turnover ratio 2.28, which was the best ratio for any freshman in all of college basketball that season.
As a sophomore, Stone finished the season with 5.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 1.4 steals per game. He also recorded 236 assists, which led the team and became the first player in UTEP Miners men's basketball history to record over 100 assists in both their freshman and sophomore seasons. Stone also became the leader in most double-figure assist games with six. During the post-season, he set a College Basketball Invitational record with 45 assists, recording eight against Nevada, 10 against Oregon State in the first game between the two teams and then nine in game two against Oregon State.
During his junior season at UTEP, Stone averaged 6.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 5.5 assists, and 1.6 steals per game. Against Arkansas State University, he recorded ten points, seven rebounds, and eight assists, almost becoming the second player in UTEP history to record a triple-double. Against East Carolina, he recorded a season-high 11 assists. For the first time in his collegiate career, UTEP made it into the NCAA Tournament. In their only game of the tournament, Stone scored eight points, grabbed five rebounds, recorded seven assists, and stole the ball twice. The Miners wound up losing the game to the Butler Bulldogs, 77–59. Butler eventually made it all the way to the championship game against the Duke Blue Devils, only to lose 61–59. Following the season, he was named to the Conference USA All–Defensive team.
As a senior, Stone finished the season averaging 8.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 5.3 assists, and 1.5 steals per game. In an article about the Legends Classic, a regular season tournament that UTEP participated in, Sports Illustrated writer Seth Davis commented that, "I also liked what I saw out of 6-7 senior point guard Julyan Stone, though I'm mystified as to why he has not developed more of an offensive game. If he did, he'd be a surefire pro." On February 5, 2011, in a conference game against the Rice Owls, Stone recorded a career-high 23 points, making seven of his nine shots and nine out of ten free throws. After the game, Rice head coach Ben Braun said that his team, "let Stone get to the rim and he made big plays." In his final career game at UTEP, Stone recorded one assist, which brought his career total to 714, the most in UTEP and Conference USA history by a single player. He was later named to the Conference USA All-Defensive team for a second straight season, as well as the Conference USA All-Conference second team.
On December 9, 2011, Stone signed a two-year, $1.1 million contract with the Denver Nuggets as an undrafted free agent. The New York Knicks were reportedly also interested in signing him to a contract. During training camp, Stone was quoted as saying, "You got to go out there and give it your all on every position. You can’t have any bad days.” In a preseason game against the Phoenix Suns, Stone scored five points and added four assists, prompting Nuggets head coach George Karl to say that, "I think he has a good chance of making our roster, at least for a period of time. For years in this league, everyone wanted and searched for a big point guard. But now with the rule changes (in regard to hand contact), the little quick guard is the 'in thing.' But I like him because of his size and his defense." It was revealed on December 24 that Stone had made the Nuggets final roster. On January 3, 2012, he was assigned to the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League. He was recalled on January 10, 2012.
On September 19, 2013, Stone signed with the Toronto Raptors.
NBA career statistics
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
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- "Julyan Stone". Rivals.com. Retrieved 26 December 2011.
- "Julyan Stone". Retrieved 26 December 2011.
- Davis, Seth (29 November 2010). "UConn's Walker is America's best player early on; plus more notes". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 26 December 2011.
- Duarte, Joseph (5 February 2011). "Rice falls short against Julyan Stone, UTEP 59-53". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 26 December 2011.
- Albers, Fred (15 March 2011). "Miners Lose To Lobos". Retrieved 27 December 2011.
- Bagley, Beau (9 December 2011). "Former Miner Stone Signs Deal with Denver". Retrieved 26 December 2011.
- Nelson, Dan (17 December 2011). "Dos Pueblos basketball star Julyan Stone could sign with NBA’s Denver Nuggets for $1.1 million". Retrieved 26 December 2011.
- Hochman, Benjamin (22 December 2011). "Denver Nuggets' Chris Andersen plans to be picky with his block parties this season". The Denver Post. Retrieved 26 December 2011.
- "Nuggets keep Julyan Stone on the roster". Rotoworld. 24 December 2011. Retrieved 26 December 2011.
- Denver Nuggets Assign Hamilton and Stone to NBA D-League Affiliate Idaho Energy
- Nuggets Recall G Julyan Stone
- Denver Nuggets Assign Julyan Stone to NBA D-League Affiliate Iowa Energy
- Denver Nuggets recall Miller, Stone from D-League
- Toronto Raptors sign Chris Wright, Carlos Morais, Julyan Stone