Stewart — a 6-foot-9 post player from Rochester, N.Y., now in his senior season at La Lumiere (Ind.) — took an official visit to Lexington in September, but the Cats have been considered long shots by national recruiting analysts in recent weeks. UK extended a scholarship offer far later than the other finalists on Stewart’s list — Duke, Michigan State, Syracuse and Washington — but they’re still in the mix.
“That was a school that came in late … but it’s hard not to listen to Coach Cal and all the success he has,” Stewart told Tipton Edits. “So I just opened it back up for him and started talking to them, and it’s been good.”
He mentioned that he had just been on Snapchat with UK signee Tyrese Maxey earlier in the night and is also in regular contact with the Cats’ other two commitments, Kahlil Whitney and Dontaie Allen.
“I’ve been talking to all of them — all the commits. Kahlil, Dontaie, Tyrese. They all want me to make that move,” Stewart said.
There is no set timetable for a college decision, but Stewart did say Tuesday that he expects to announce a choice “soon,” though he didn’t specify what exactly that meant.
“I’m definitely close to the bottom of things, so that’s why I say ‘soon,'” he said.
Duke and Michigan State are the two schools that have been talked about the most in recent weeks, with Washington also picking up some buzz in recruiting circles. The Spartans are a slight leader on his 247Sports Crystal Ball page. Stewart is the No. 6 overall player in the class of 2019, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.