Class of 2019 five-star big man Isaiah Stewart made the first reduction to his list of potential schools. As you can see in his announcement via Twitter below, the ten remaining schools are Georgetown, Syracuse, Notre Dame, Villanova, Michigan State, Duke, Indiana, Texas, Louisville and Washington.
— IsaiahStewart.II (@Dreamville_33) May 31, 2018
ESPN’s Paul Biancardi had this quote from Stewart:
“I can see myself playing at each school. They all have recruited me hard. I have good relationships with all the coaches. Next, I have to cut my list to 5 schools, maybe after July.”
Stewart is currently ranked 8th overall in the class of 2019 by the 247 Composite. He originally hails from New York, and now attends La Lumiere in La Porte, Indiana.
Indiana offered Stewart a scholarship back in April of 2017. Stewart is from Rochester, the same hometown as Thomas Bryant. He has said that he considers Bryant to be like a big brother and he has indicated that he keeps in touch with the former IU forward.
In August of 2017 Stewart announced that he was leaving Rochester to play basketball for La Lumiere. The 6-foot-9, 240 pound center averaged 19.5 points and 12 rebounds on the 2017-18 season for La Lumiere.
You can watch him matched up against the top ranked player in the class of 2019, James Wiseman, here in recent action on the Nike EYBL circuit:
Stewart has been one of the top rebounding big men on the EYBL circuit all spring. He has an NBA ready body and elite athleticism that allows him to be dominant in the paint.
While it is not a surprise for Indiana to be in the final ten schools, the competition is clearly significant. The favorite is likely Duke, but Stewart has said recently that his recruitment is wide open at this time.
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