Donivine Stewart, a 5'10" PG from Peoria Limestone, averaged 25.0 ppg game as a freshman starter on the varsity basketball team. As the summer season begins, Stewart is still lighting up the scoreboard. Yesterday his performance with his AAU team, Peoria Carver, Stewart scored 27 points.
The knock on Stewart is his size, foot speed, and his ability to score from the perimeter. All of Stewart's points in yesterday's game against D.T.A. were lay-ups but he did hit one three pointer. Despite this, it is clear that as a freshman, Stewart's basketball IQ is equivalent to that of a senior in college. There are few better when it comes to getting to the rim and reading a defense, things very impressive for a freshman in high school.
Stewart talked to us about his feelings on the Illini, "I'm honored that Coach Weber offered me a scholarship. They're the only school to do that right now. I'm not going to commit anytime soon because I'm so young and there's a lot of basketball to be played before I'm done with high school," said Stewart.
Rumor has it that Stewart really likes the Tar Heels of North Carolina, a team he's followed for a long time. "I have plans to make a visit to North Carolina sometime in June, I think, but I'm not sure what day I'm going down there for sure," Stewart added. Stewart also stated he liked UCLA and their program, but is waiting for more involvement later this summer.
"I do like what Illinois is doing, they're bringing in a lot of good players, so that's a good thing. I know a lot of the guys coming there, but I'm just going to wait and see how things go, because I'm so young and it's still early for me," Stewart stated.
We'll continue to follow Stewart and his involvement with the Illini in the upcoming months. He said he plans to stay with his current AAU team unless he's asked to step in with another team when Carver decides to stay home or misses an event. We'll keep you up-to-date on this young scoring machine, so stay tuned to InsideIllini.com.