Indiana University men’s basketball player Parker Stewart has been named the University’s Male Scholar Athlete of the Month for July. Stewart came to IU in January from UT Martin and has posted the team’s highest individual GPA since that time.
Head coach Mike Woodson commented on Stewart’s accomplishment in a release.
“I think this is a tremendous honor for Parker,” said Woodson. “He is setting a great example for his teammates to follow and brings so much positive energy to our program. I think his family should be extremely proud.”
Stewart is looking to earn a graduate certificate in Learning Sciences, Media and Technology. A graduate transfer, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from UT Martin in the summer of 2019, becoming the first-ever Skyhawk student-athlete to graduate in two years.
Stewart also earned his master’s degree in Business Administration after the 2020 fall semester. In 2018 while attending Pitt, he was one of 30 men’s basketball players to be named Academic All-ACC.
The 6-foot-5 Stewart joined the Indiana program in January, but because of protocols for his intake into the program during the pandemic, his integration on to the roster was a slow process.
After averaging 9.1 points per game as a freshman at Pittsburgh in 2017-18, Stewart injured his hip and took a year off, but scored 19.2 points per game as a redshirt sophomore at Tennessee Martin. He hit 71 3-pointers in each of his two college seasons and he is expected to be one of IU’s better shooters from long range.
Stewart put his name in the transfer portal when Archie Miller was fired, but he announced his intent to remain in Bloomington soon after assistant coach Kenya Hunter was retained by Woodson.
“IU gave me a home when I needed it the most after the passing of my father, and I look forward to staying an putting on the jersey at this prestigious university.” Stewart said in late March after he decided to remain with the program.
Stewart transferred to Indiana from Tennessee Martin in December. His father, the former head coach at his former school, passed away in November.
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