Stewart: 'It's a Good Program'

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Regarded as one of the most versatile prospects in the 2009 class, Ari Stewart has emerged as a coveted recruit.

Regarded as one of the most versatile prospects in the 2009 class, Ari Stewart has emerged as a coveted recruit.

As a junior at Marietta (GA) Wheeler High School, he averaged 15 points and seven rebounds while teaming up with high-major recruits Richard Howell and Phil Taylor and Miami signee DeQuan Jones to lead Wheeler to the Class AAAAA finals.

"We had a good year," said Stewart. "Right now I'm focusing on AAU and improving as a player."

Playing for the World Wide Renegades Orange, Stewart operates as a combo forward. At 6-foot-7 and 190 pounds he has enough size to battle in the paint but his jumpshot and ballhandling allows him to extend opposing defenses to the perimeter.

"College teams like my versatility," said Stewart. "They like how I'm 6'7 and can shoot the ball from the outside. I think I can dribble it good too."

With a plethora of scholarship offers, Stewart just laughed when asked who has offered him. He rattled off a list of schools, including NC State.

"Let's see, Wake Forest, Virginia, Florida, NC State, Oregon, Alabama, Miami, Georgia Tech, Xavier, and some others," stated Stewart. "I'm wide open though. I'll probably commit to a school sometime in the fall. I'm going to take some visits."

Stewart stated that NC State picked up its interest in him during his junior season, and he likes the Wolfpack.

"NC State is on me," said Stewart. "They are up up on my list. It's a real good school. It's a good program.

"Sidney Lowe is doing a good job there. I'm considering them... they are one of the schools I'm really looking at."

Scout.com has rated Stewart the No. 44 player in the 2009 class and the No. 6 small forward.

In the near future, Pack Pride will have highlights of Stewart in action at the 2008 Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions so stay tuned!


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