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UPDATE: Graduate transfer guard Parker Stewart includes IU basketball in final four

IU basketball graduate transfer recruiting target Parker Stewart included the Hoosiers in his final four on Saturday.

Stewart broke the news on his Instagram page.

Via Parker Stewart on Instagram

Our original profile of Stewart published on Friday is below.

Indiana has its eyes on UT Martin graduate transfer guard Parker Stewart according to multiple national reports.

Because of Stewart’s unique (and heartbreaking) story, it is possible that he could be a midseason roster addition wherever he lands.

CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein appears to have been the first to report Indiana’s interest in Stewart on Tuesday afternoon.

Stewart’s father, Anthony Stewart, was the head coach at UT Martin before his sudden death in November.

The 6-foot-5 Stewart transferred to UT Martin from Pittsburgh to play for his father, who had been the head coach of the Skyhawks since 2016.

Stewart earned second-team All-Ohio Valley honors in 2019-20 after averaging 19.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 3.8 assists.

In a report by ESPN’s Jeff Borzello, Stewart has not decided whether he would like to enroll somewhere and play in January, or wait until the 2020-21 season.

“I haven’t decided yet,” Stewart told ESPN on whether he will sit out this entire season.

As a graduate transfer, Stewart is immediately eligible.

A product of Union City, Tenn., Stewart told Borzello that he has heard from Kansas State, Indiana, Arkansas, Cincinnati, Nebraska, Memphis, Ole Miss, Washington State, Houston, Oklahoma State and NC State, and he plans to cut his list to three or four soon.

Borzello is reporting that Stewart should have two years of eligibility left.

As a freshman at Pittsburgh, Stewart played in 32 games, averaging 26.2 minutes, 9.1 points and 3.3 rebounds per contest.  He shot 42 percent from three-point range during ACC play that season.  For his two season college career, Stewart has shot 40.1 percent from the field overall, and 36.6 percent from three-point range.

As a recruit, Stewart was a three-star prospect, ranked No. 273 nationally according to the 247Sports Composite.  In addition to Pittsburgh, Stewart had offers from Kansas State, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Butler, Florida, Georgetown and others.  He originally committed to Ole Miss before changing to Pittsburgh.

Stewart decided to transfer after his freshman season in connection with the firing of Panthers head coach Kevin Stallings.  Before committing to play for his father in 2018 he had heavy interest from Kansas State, Oregon, and Maryland.

Stewart’s father Anthony grew up in the Hill District area of Pittsburgh.  Indiana head coach Archie Miller is from the Pittsburgh area, and assistant Kenya Hunter played college basketball there.  Hunter was at Nebraska when the Cornhuskers were recruiting Stewart out of high school.

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