Julyan Stone

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Julyan Stone
Julyan Stone.jpg
No. 5 – Reyer Venezia Mestre
Position Shooting guard
League Serie A
Basketball Champions League
Personal information
Born (1988-12-07) December 7, 1988 (age 28)
Alexandria, Virginia
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school Dos Pueblos (Goleta, California)
College UTEP (2007–2011)
NBA draft 2011 / Undrafted
Playing career 2011–present
Career history
20112013 Denver Nuggets
2012 Idaho Stampede
2013 Iowa Energy
2013–2014 Toronto Raptors
2014–2015 Umana Reyer Venezia
2015–2016 Royal Halı Gaziantep
2016–2017 Fort Wayne Mad Ants
2017–present Umana Reyer Venezia
Career highlights and awards

Julyan Ray Stone (born December 7, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for Umana Reyer Venezia of the Serie A. He played college basketball for the University of Texas at El Paso.

Early life[edit]

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. Stone 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.[1]

College career[edit]

Stone was rated as a two-star recruit by Rivals.com and was recruited by both the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and the University of Portland. On May 4, 2007, he accepted the scholarship offer from UTEP.[2] 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.[1]

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' 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.[1]

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.[1]

As a senior, Stone finished the season averaging 8.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 5.3 assists, and 1.5 steals per game.[3] 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."[4]

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."[5] 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.[6] 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.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Denver Nuggets (2011–2013)[edit]

Stone went undrafted in the 2011 NBA draft. On December 9, 2011, Stone signed a two-year, $1.1 million contract with the Denver Nuggets.[7] During training camp, Stone was quoted as saying, "You got to go out there and give it your all on every possession. You can’t have any bad days.”[8]

On January 3, 2012, Stone was assigned to the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League.[9] On January 10, 2012, he was recalled by the Nuggets.[10]

On January 30, 2013, Stone was assigned to the Iowa Energy.[11] On February 13, 2013, he was recalled by the Nuggets.[12]

Toronto Raptors (2013–2014)[edit]

On September 19, 2013, Stone signed with the Toronto Raptors.[13] On July 7, 2014, he was waived by the Raptors.[14]

Umana Reyer Venezia (2014–2015)[edit]

On September 12, 2014, Stone signed with Umana Reyer Venezia of Italy for the 2014–15 season.[15]

Royal Halı Gaziantep (2015–2016)[edit]

On September 25, 2015, Stone signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder,[16] but was waived on October 22 after appearing in one preseason game.[17] On October 27, Stone signed with Royal Halı Gaziantep of the Turkish Basketball Super League.[18]

Fort Wayne Mad Ants (2016–2017)[edit]

On August 29, 2016, Stone signed with the Indiana Pacers.[19] However, he was later waived by the Pacers on October 23 after appearing in five preseason games.[20] On October 31, he was acquired by the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League as an affiliate player of the Pacers.[21]

Return to Venezia (2017–present)[edit]

On February 27, 2017, Stone signed with Umana Reyer Venezia, returning to the club for a second stint.[22]

NBA career statistics[edit]

  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

Regular season[edit]

2011–12 Denver 22 2 8.1 .419 .182 .727 1.1 1.7 .4 .3 1.6
2012–13 Denver 4 0 7.0 1.000 .000 .750 .8 .5 .3 .0 1.8
2013–14 Toronto 21 0 5.7 .412 .250 .667 1.0 .6 .1 .0 .9
Career 47 2 7.0 .440 .211 .722 1.0 1.1 .3 .1 1.3


2012 Denver 2 0 2.5 .500 .000 .000 .5 1.0 .0 .0 1.0
2013 Denver 2 0 6.5 .000 .000 1.000 .0 .5 .0 .0 1.0
Career 4 0 4.5 .500 .000 1.000 .3 .8 .0 .0 1.0


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  2. ^ "Julyan Stone". Rivals.com. Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved December 26, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Julyan Stone State". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved December 26, 2011. 
  4. ^ Davis, Seth (November 29, 2010). "UConn's Walker is America's best player early on; plus more notes". SI.com. Retrieved December 26, 2011. 
  5. ^ Duarte, Joseph (February 5, 2011). "Rice falls short against Julyan Stone, UTEP 59-53". Chron.com. Retrieved December 26, 2011. 
  6. ^ Albers, Fred (March 15, 2011). "Miners Lose To Lobos". KTSM.com. Retrieved December 27, 2011. 
  7. ^ Bagley, Beau (December 9, 2011). "Former Miner Stone Signs Deal with Denver". KTSM.com. Retrieved December 26, 2011. 
  8. ^ Nelson, Dan (December 19, 2011). "Dos Pueblos basketball star Julyan Stone could sign with NBA's Denver Nuggets for $1.1 million". TheDailySound.com. Archived from the original on February 2, 2012. Retrieved December 26, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Denver Nuggets Assign Hamilton and Stone to NBA D-League Affiliate Idaho Energy". OurSportsCentral.com. January 10, 2012. Retrieved September 25, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Nuggets Recall G Julyan Stone". NBA.com. January 10, 2012. Retrieved September 25, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Denver Nuggets Assign Julyan Stone to NBA D-League Affiliate Iowa Energy". NBA.com. January 30, 2013. Retrieved September 25, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Denver Nuggets recall Miller, Stone from D-League". NBA.com. February 13, 2013. Retrieved September 25, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Toronto Raptors sign Chris Wright, Carlos Morais, Julyan Stone". InsideHoops.com. September 19, 2013. Retrieved September 25, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Raptors Waive Julyan Stone". RaptorsHQ.com. July 7, 2014. Retrieved September 25, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Umana Reyer Venezia signs Julyan Stone". Sportando.com. September 12, 2014. Retrieved September 25, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Thunder Adds Stone, Wells and Zanna to Training Camp Roster". NBA.com. September 25, 2015. Retrieved September 25, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Thunder Waives Qualls, Stone, Wells and Zanna". NBA.com. October 22, 2015. Retrieved October 22, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Gaziantep announces Julyan Stone". Sportando.com. October 27, 2015. Retrieved October 29, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Pacers Sign Alex Poythress and Julyan Stone". NBA.com. August 29, 2016. Retrieved August 29, 2016. 
  20. ^ "Pacers Waive Jeremy Evans and Julyan Stone". NBA.com. October 23, 2016. Retrieved October 23, 2016. 
  21. ^ Needham, Vinessa (October 31, 2016). "Mad Ants Finalize Training Camp Roster Following 2016 Draft". NBA.com. Retrieved November 1, 2016. 
  22. ^ "Reyer Venezia signs Julyan Stone". sportando.com. February 27, 2017. Retrieved February 27, 2017. 

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