Slam Dunk: The Stewart Twins

It was an off night for Lodrick Stewart, so Rodrick picked up the slack in Rainier Beach's 60-57 win over D'Angelo Collins' Inglewood (Calif.) squad on Thursday night. The latter twin posted 23 points (8-18 FG, 3-6 3pt) and seven rebounds. Lodrick had six points (1-9 FG), two boards and two assists.

"I just want to win," Lodrick said afterwards. "As long as I get my teammates involved, that's all that matters. I was missing my shots, but I still got my passes. This is a big win for us."

"We're going to win as long as I have my brother with me," Rodrick said.

Collins commented, "They're good players -- real athletic and can shoot. They were good, but we had the twins under control."

So who leads for the highly touted tandem?

USC according to Lodrick. And UNC according to Rodrick. So, while the identical brothers are in sync on the court, off the court, they may need to discuss some things, like their recruitment.

Lodrick - "USC (leads). That's where we're thinking of going. It's not too far away from home. We want to stay close to home. We're also looking at Arizona, Duke and North Carolina. Carolina is on and off."

Rodrick - "As of right now it still stands that Carolina (leads). My second choice is USC now, they're a good school -- we've been looking at them a lot. Other schools we like are Duke, Kentucky, UCLA … I just let my dad take care of things."

"Doherty came to our school -- it wasn't that long ago, about a month. He said just keep getting better and better. We still get mail every day from them. At least we know he's still watching us."

Teammate Nate Robinson, who said USC is his leader - "We all want to play together. That's one of our top goals -- to keep playing together, because we play so well together."

More quotes from Rodrick …

"I'm trying to impress myself – but mainly my dad. He's getting on my case more and more every day. I've got to impress my dad first. My dad's been making us look (stronger). It's either that or restrictions."

"Nah, we're not 6-5. We're 6-4. I weigh 205 and my brother weighs 213, but I can bench press more than him. I'm putting up 230 (pounds) now. Our vertical is 41 (inches)."

"I've wanted to (play in the NBA) all my life, but if I'm not ready I'm not going to go. I'm not going to do it for the money because I don't really care about the money. College is fun. I don't want to make that jump."

"I've got to get better at everything. I've got to be a better team player. At first I was kind of a one man show, but now I'm trying to get my teammates involved."

On Collins …

"I mean, he's a good player and all, but he's overrated. I don't care what nobody says. He's supposed to be a lottery pick -- he not no lottery pick. He better go to college before anything."

Of course, we had to get a response from Collins …

"That's his opinion," he told IC. "Don't be jealous of the next man."

Clint Jackson and Jeff Goodman contributed to this report.


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