Stewart handled himself well in the two games his team competed in while in one of the country's richest areas for high school basketball talent. Stewart seemed to enjoy the competition and playing in the Northeast. "There are a lot of good players here," he said. "You always want to measure yourself up against the best."
A.J. displayed the ability to move around the court with agility. Stewart blocked shots, rebounded with force around the basket, and moved the ball out of the low post position to find open teammates. He may be a bit too unselfish at times.
Stewart competed this night against one of the best young big men in the New York area. He matched up well against Our Savior Lutheran sophomore big man Brian Wilson, who is rapidly developing into a fine basketball player for the Bronx school. Wilson is a crafty player who has neat lowpost moves. Stewart did end up fouling out late in the fourth quarter. There were a couple of soft fouls laid on Stewart helping his arrival to the bench earlier than expected. But A.J. realizes he has to work on this end of his game.
"Coach (Tubby) Smith has been telling me I have to be better at not picking up fouls," said Stewart. "I speak to him a lot. I happened to speak to him today about that situation."
A.J. seems to be fond of head coach Tubby Smith. "He's a great coach," Stewart said. "I can learn a lot from him."
Stewart seems to be the type of personality that is willing to learn and utilize the knowledge in game situations. "I try to work on everything in my game in practice and then try to use it in the games," he said.
A.J. only has one goal in mind when he plays next season for the Kentucky Wildcats basketball program -- to help the SEC school win as many games possible. "Whatever coach wants me to do I'll do," said Stewart.