D.J. Stewart (Gene Swindoll, Gene's Page)

Riverside (MS) High School class of 2018 combo guard D.J. Stewart update

Riverside (MS) High School class of 2018 combo guard D.J. Stewart camped at Mississippi State this past weekend. He talked about the camp and he and his high school head coach, Kevin Gladney, talked about what he is looking for in a university when it comes time to make his college choice.

  • Name: D.J. Stewart
  • Classification: 2018
  • High School: Riverside (MS) High School
  • AAU Team: MEBO Team Hood
  • Position: Combo Guard
  • HT-WT: 6-foot-5, 185
  • Scout.com Ranking: 3-Star
  • Colleges of Interest (O=Offer): Alabama (O), Illinois (O), Louisiana Tech (O), LSU (O), Middle Tennessee State (O), Mississippi State (O), North Alabama (O), Oklahoma State (O), Ole Miss (O), South Alabama (O), Southern Miss (O), Troy (O), UAB (O), Western Kentucky (O)

Stewart talked about what he and his team hopes to accomplish when they attend college camps.

"When we come to the camps we play teams that are harder to play than the ones in our division," said Stewart. "I think our coach picked the harder teams to help us get better prepared for our division. And it is a good experience for the other players and me also because we play good competition."

Stewart also uses the camps to help him become more of a leader on his team.

"I want to be a leader on the team, not just on the court but off the court, too," said Stewart. "I want to set an example for the other players. I want to be a good person so that I can be a good role model for them."

His high school head coach, Kevin Gladney, described Stewart as a player.

"He is very athletic and can do a lot of things on the floor," said Gladney. "He can defend the best player on the perimeter. And if you need a big play, he can make that for you. He is also a matchup problem for most people."

Gladney saw him early in his career and knew he was going to be special even back then.

"I saw him when he played in middle school and I saw then that he was going to be very special," said Gladney. "There was no denying his talent."

Gladney also believes that Stewart is an even better person.

"I tell him you always pray and you always be humble and he does that," said Gladney. "Ever since I have been here he has always been yes sir, no sir. With him, it comes natural. I didn't have to tell him to do it. He was already doing it to me. He is very, very respectful. Like I tell him and the rest of my boys, saying that will take you a long way in life."

Gladney discussed some of the schools that have offered his talented senior.

"As far as the SEC goes, he has offers from Mississippi State, Ole Miss, LSU and Alabama," said Gladney. "Of the others outside of the SEC, some of the bigger ones are Oklahoma State and Illinois."

Stewart explained what he is looking for in a college.

"I want to go where it will be like an extended family," said Stewart. " I want to go to a good academic school. I want to come in and have playing time early. And I want to go where they can develop me and help me get to the next level."

He plans on unofficially visiting several schools in June to learn more about them.

"Late June will be when I do all of my visits."

Prior to the visits, he and his family are taking a family vacation. Stewart will use it to get away from the hectic world of basketball and basketball recruiting.

"My family and I are going on vacation," said Stewart. "I will be able to get away from basketball and all of this recruiting stuff for a whole week. It has been crazy."

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