A.J. Stewart debuts in Lexington

LEXINGTON, KY – A.J. Stewart made his debut in Lexington, Saturday night and the 6-8, 218-pound PF put up 16 points and grabbed 14 rebounds while leading Jacksonville (Fl.) Arlington Country Day to a 65-62 win over Lexington (Ky.) Catholic.

"It felt good," Stewart said of playing in front of UK fans. "I got a couple of dunks and put on a show. I hope they're happy with it. I hope they are happy with that performance."

"It was nice and it was fun. They had an LC out there that kind of looked like a UK so that was kind of nice."

Stewart had the kind of first half he had hoped for playing in front of his future college crowd. He got it started with a few dunks and finishes in the paint and by the time halftime rolled around Stewart had 15 points, 11 rebounds and an 18 point lead.

It went south from there as the future Wildcat scored just one point and grabbed three rebounds in the second half. While the game was tighter than it should have been the Apaches came out on top because of Devon Lamb's ability to knock down free throws.

"I thought it was about C," Stewart said of his performance. "I don't know what happened in the second half. I stopped getting touches, but my guards came through and hit the buckets when they counted so I can't complain."

Scout.com's 94th ranked player showed off his athleticism as he caught a pair of alley-oop dunks and grabbed bunch of rebounds in traffic, however Stewart failed to score a point that wasn't a lay-up or dunk.

In order for Stewart to succeed at the next level he must extend his game further away from the basket and develop a few go-to post moves. After the game he said UK coaches told him to work on his shooting and strength before he gets to campus.

"I need to get a lot stronger to play in the SEC. I need to work on my ball handling skills and shooting. Pretty much just stay on the weights. They want to get me up to 235 by the time I get to UK."

Arlington Country Day will head back to Florida for a league game against Hilliard before hitting the road again to play Norcross (Ga.) High, who features Gani Lawal and Al-Farouq Aminu, in Springfield, IL.

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