HYATTSVILLE, Md. -- Summer league, especially at DeMatha's renowned event, is a time for borderline HM prospects to open more eyes.
Gonzaga's (Washington, D.C.) Nigel Stewart arrived at DeMatha May 31 in fine form, facing off against a strong team from Wise High School from Upper Maryland, Md. Stewart stands 6-3 with a solid build and proved he could score by lowering his shoulder as easily as pulling up and hitting a three when open. Whatever it took to keep a stout Wise squad off balance, he had well-rounded offensive attack to counter.
This game may have been the most enjoyable matchups of the day. Stewart was matched up with Michael Speight of Wise, who may turn into a high D-1 prospect as the summer moves forward. They exchanged long-range jumpers, hard drives to the bucket and good man defensive technique.
Stewart plays hard on both ends of the floor, and he is not afraid of bumps and bruises during the flow of the game. It appears to be part of his playing style, and his attitude seemed to motivate his teammates who followed him willingly to make Wise realize this was going to be a tough contest.
Stewart scored 20 points to go with three rebounds and a pair of steals. His shot from deep was falling, which opened up his drives to the hoop. His jump shot has a very nice, squared up look, which is released at the top of his shot. Very nice form one cannot ignore.
He seems to thrive in the transition game, loves to run, and if there is a loose ball, he will be somewhere around it, scratching and clawing.
It will be interesting to watch Stewart continue his progress through the summer to see how far he progresses. And having Chris Lykes to dish him the ball with open looks should only help his rise in the DC area.
The Terps know all too well the Gonzaga program, which even features rising sophomore point guard Will Turgeon, and another possible blossoming young star in Prentiss Hubb, among others, so it will be a team UMD tracks all summer long.
TT Hoops Summer League Profiles: N. Stewart
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