Union City (TN) combo guard Parker Stewart has been suiting up with Team Penny on the Nike EYBL Circuit, and he has been a solid contributor for the team. Parker, who is averaging seven points and two rebounds per game, is a valuable contributor.
"I've been doing pretty good," Stewart said of his play. "My role is to shoot the ball. We have a lot of really good players on that team. One of my main roles is shooting, but I can play point guard too. I played it some for Team Penny and also my high school team. That's really my position, point guard."
At 6-foot-5, Stewart has good size for the guard position and his ballhandling and shooting are critical assets. A combo guard, schools are recruiting Stewart to play multiple positions.
"Some schools want me to play point guard," he said. "Some want me to play a little of each. I can play off the ball and get shots too. I feel I can play either spot."
One of Stewart's biggest strengths is his basketball IQ, and a big reason for that is his time spent around the game. Stewart's father, Anthony Stewart, is a college coach who recently was named head coach at UT-Martin.
What is it like to have a college head coach for a father?
"It's great," said Stewart. "He has taught me everything I know. I try to learn from him as much as I can... I'm still learning.
"He's my dad more than just a coach. When I'm playing he won't say anything, but after he'll let me go and talk a little about how I played."
Because of Stewart's size, versatility, and shooting, several schools have made him a priority. Ole Miss, Utah, Wisconsin, Georgetown, NC State, Georgia Tech, Missouri, and Florida are just some of the schools that have extended a scholarship offer.
Heading up his recruitment for NC State is assistant coach Heath Schroyer... the coach Stewart's dad actually replaced at UT-Martin. Anthony Stewart served as a long-time assistant under Schroyer, working for him at Wyoming and UT-Martin. That time together naturally led to Schroyer being familiar with the younger Stewart's basketball ability.
"I've known coach Schroyer for a long time," Stewart said. "He's seen me play for a long time and my dad coached with him now and all the way back to when I was in the fourth grade. When he got the opportunity like he did [at NC State] they decided to recruit me.
"Coach Schroyer said that he wanted to be my coach in college, and he talked about how he wants me to play there. That was good. I've known him for a long time, so having him offer me means so much because he's seen me play and he believes in me."
What does Stewart know about NC State?
"I don't know a whole lot about them really, but I do know they like to let their point guard and wings go out and play," he stated. "They run a lot of stuff for their guards and wings."
As of now, Stewart is wide open but is looking to narrow his list in the near future.
"Probably in June I'm going to trim my list to maybe six or seven and then I'll take some official visits after that," he said. "I'm looking for the school that is the right place for me, and I'm the right fit. I want to go where I feel I can improve myself at and whichever team is going to help me get better and I can be the best I can be."