Indiana basketball coaches were able to see a number of players the first weekend of the live evaluation period, and one of the young standouts landed an IU scholarship offer tonight.
IU coach Archie Miller offered four-star 6-foot-8, 240-pound class of 2019 power forward Isaiah Stewart tonight, New Albany City Rocks AAU program director Jim Hart said.
Stewart is from McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester, N.Y. Stewart is currently ranked No. 56 nationally in the 2019 class by Scout.com.
Stewart had 15 points and 19 rebounds on Sunday in front of Miller, leading the City Rocks to a 65-59 win over Team Final. Even though he’s playing a year up on the EYBL circuit, Stewart averaged 10.8 points and 10.2 rebounds last weekend.
IU coaches also saw Stewart on Saturday when he had eight points and nine rebounds in an 87-80 triple overtime win over the Indy Heat Gym Rats.
The City Rocks went 4-0 on the opening weekend of Nike EYBL play.
Stewart also is one of the 2019 players invited to the USA Basketball Junior National Team camp in October.
“The only thing you need to know is he’s 15. When you see a sophomore in EYBL, they’re usually 17, maybe 18. When you see a junior, they’re at least 18. This kid is 15 years old, and he’s a man child,” Hart told Peegs.com.
“If you’re one of the 24 kids invited to USA Basketball, you’re one of the top 24 kids in the country in your class.”
Peegs.com had a chance to see Stewart in person this past weekend. The aspects that stood out the most were his physical nature, his aggressiveness and productivity on the boards, his ability to shoot some and an understanding of who he is as a player.
Stewart made plays he was capable of making and didn’t really get outside of his game and try to do things he wasn’t capable of doing. For example, he didn’t attempt a 3-pointer did most of his work inside and with some 2-point shots in his range.
“He’s 6-foot-8, 240 pounds and all muscle. Some of these guys look like Tarzan and play like Jane. He looks like Tarzan and plays like Godzilla when he wants to,” Hart said.
“He can move anybody in the post. He plays hard. He’s a great teammate. He passes out of the post if he’s doubled. He has a good IQ. He’s developing post skills. He’s got a good jump hook. He has a jumper out to about maybe 18 feet. He’s coachable. He’s hard working. He’s humble. He goes to a good high school. He’s doing it the right way.”
Stewart has offers from Indiana, Syracuse, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, LSU, UMass and Wake Forest, Hart said.
Arizona, Ohio State, Stanford, Virginia and a number of other schools watched him this past weekend in Hampton, Va.
There are some existing connections.
Miller has recruited the City Rocks program. Former IU forward Emmitt Holt played for the City Rocks, and Stewart knows current IU center Thomas Bryant.
“He’s from the same area as Thomas Bryant, and he knows Thomas,” Hart said. “He likes Indiana. He’s told me that.
“I’m sure having Archie Miller there is a plus. He’s a really good coach.”
In his four games in Hampton playing a year up on the 17U EYBL circuit, Stewart averaged 10.8 points, shot 44.7 percent (17-for-38) from the field, 52.9 percent (9-for-17) from the line, averaged 10.2 rebounds per game, getting 15 of his 41 rebounds on the offensive end. He also had four blocked shots.