Raptors' 15th man set in Stone?

Julyan Stone looked impressive in the Raptors intra-squad scrimmage yesterday in Rama. (AFP)

Julyan Stone looked impressive in the Raptors intra-squad scrimmage yesterday in Rama. (AFP)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:44 PM ET

RAMA, ONT. - In about two weeks, the Raptors likely will decide on who will stick around as the 15th and final player on the roster.

Chris Wright was the early favourite, Carlos Morais the late addition and Julyan Stone the wild card, but of late, Stone is making quite an impression on the coaching staff.

Stone, a 6-foot-6 guard, handled the ball extremely well on Monday during an intra-squad scrimmage at Casino Rama and also played his characteristically strong defence.

Though clearly not yet fully right, Stone appears to have some of his explosiveness back, as one sequence where he got to the basket after a series of crossover dribbles illustrated.

Considering his defensive bent, it’s no surprise that head coach Dwane Casey likes Stone.

“Julyan Stone is a impressive multiple player. I don’t want to call him a point guard because he’s a 1-2-3 (point guard, shooting guard and small forward) and probably could get away with guarding some small forwards,” Casey said.


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