Lodrick and Rodrick Stewart, 6-3 Seattle (Wash.) Rainier Beach, are twin shooting guards who rank among the best players in the west at their position. Both are drawing heavy interest from schools around the country.
We spoke briefly with Lodrick last night and he told us that North Carolina, USC, Arizona St. and Washington were among the schools that came out in September to watch he and his brother practice. We asked Lodrick if he was set on going to school with his brother and he said, "definitely, we're a package."
We then had a longer conversation with Bull Stewart, the twin's father. Mr. Stewart told us that the story last spring about the twins being ready to commit to North Carolina was overblown. "They will take all five trips for sure," Mr. Stewart said. "And they probably won't commit until just prior to their senior year. Also, North Carolina just took some guards in this class."
We asked which schools the twins were interested in and Mr. Stewart replied, "It's a long list. USC, UCLA, Arizona and Washington from the Pac-10. Louisville will be there because Pitino is a good coach. And we're from the south originally, so we're big SEC fans. Auburn, Alabama and Tennessee are all possibilities. And then, of course, North Carolina and Duke. They will definitely be in the mix. But they're open to anyone right now, except Texas Tech. I can tell you they won't be playing for Bobby Knight -- I wouldn't want my kids playing for him."
When asked which school has been recruiting the twins the hardest, Mr. Stewart said, "Definitely Tennessee. They send a lot of mail and they're very creative."
Playing time will be a major issue for the twins. "When you have the talent that they have, then you need to be on the court. The way they're growing now, college may not be in the picture. I'm all for education, but if the opportunity comes, then maybe they go pro. But if they do go to college, then they need to play."
Mr. Stewart told us that the plan now is for the twins to narrow down their list to roughly five schools by February. "Once we get past the state playoffs, then we'll try to narrow down the list of schools."
Mr. Stewart said the twins are doing well academically and will have no trouble qualifying.