Status: UK target
Center | 6-9 | 250
School: La Lumiere (Ind.)
Hometown: Rochester, N.Y.
After an on-again, off-again recruitment through the spring and summer, UK Coach John Calipari jumped all in on Isaiah Stewart with a scholarship offer very early in the fall recruiting period, which led to an official visit to Lexington a couple of weeks later.
Stewart might have had a more productive spring and summer than any post player in the country — including highly touted recruits James Wiseman and Vernon Carey — and he jumped up the recruiting charts following his stellar play on the Nike league and camp circuit.
Measuring at 6-9 with a 7-4 wingspan and terrific athleticism, Stewart also has a high motor and should be an instant-impact player as a low-post scorer and rebounder at the college level. He also runs the floor well for his size and should be among the hardest workers on whichever team he ends up with.
Before UK got involved, Stewart had cut his list to six schools: Duke, Indiana, Michigan State, Syracuse, Villanova and Washington. The New York native has not yet laid out a definitive timeline for his college decision.
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Stewart earned Nike league first-team honors after averaging 17.6 points, 10.6 rebounds and making nearly 60 percent of his shots in the spring. He averaged 20.2 points and 11.3 rebounds per game playing a national schedule as a high school junior.
“He’s probably one of the most productive guys we’ve seen in recent years on the front line. … Motor is through the roof. Great hands. Not even a college-ready body, he has an NBA-ready body. When guys talk about, ‘Can they make it physically at the next level?’ … Isaiah’s already there. He’s blessed with tremendous genetics but also a tremendous work ethic.”
-Corey Evans, Rivals.com analyst