BENTON, KY-If you following recruiting religiously then you might have heard the name A.J. Stewart before, however you probably do not know how good he can and should be.
The 6-foot-7 forward looked very good in Arlington Country Day's victory over Wayne Chism's, Bolivar team. Stewart worked the glass well and totaled 12 rebounds.
He also worked as Jason Bennett's wingman blocking shots in the paint. When Chism tried posting up on Bennett, Stewart would come over to help and ended up blocking or altering a number of shots.
For Stewart, this year is a lot different than last year. His confidence is a lot higher mainly due to his new role on the team.
"I'm starting," Stewart said. Coach told me every day in practice that in order for us to win big games this season were going to have to go big. So I just stepped up. I'm reading about Jason and Josue everyday and he told me this is my year to get my name out there. I've been working hard."
"They told me that I have the green light. Whenever I feel like I can take it, I can take it. I don't have to think about it as much as last year," Stewart continued. "Last year I would think about taking a shot and if I missed I'm coming out of the game. This year he told me to play my game and I'm playing my game and doing a lot better."
With the improved confidence and aggressiveness Stewart has seen the amount of colleges recruiting him rise. According to him he likes and has scholarship offers from Illinois, Florida, Florida State, Syracuse, and Wake Forest.
Stewart has taken unofficials to Florida and Florida State. The big guy mentioned that he liked the proximity of Florida State and said that he liked the Illinois program as well.