Heels Take Notice of Stewart

The RBK Summer Championship in Las Vegas is among the most popular tournaments in July. So when Ari Stewart had a monster outing in front of dozens of college coaches on the main court, it didn't go unnoticed.

The 6-foot-7, 185-pound forward possesses a versatility that allows him to play either forward spot. He especially excells in the open court and with his mid-range game.

"I think I played well, but I can always improve," Stewart said of his overall summer performance. "I thought I played with a lot of intensity and gave it my all every game."

Since the end of the July evaluation period, Stewart has heard from North Carolina, Wake Forest, Kentucky, Florida, Georgia Tech, Michigan State, Clemson, Georgetown, Auburn, Georgia, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Arizona, Connecticut, Ohio State, LSU, Xavier and Virginia Tech.

The Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler standout is still open, but is already developing a list of favorites. "I like North Carolina, Wake Forest, Florida, Kentucky and Georgia Tech, but I'm still open to everybody. I'm not setting my heart on one school."

The Tar Heels saw Stewart play for the Worldwide Renegades in Las Vegas and are in his top group of schools. Recently he's been in contact with one of North Carolina's assistant coaches.

"I've talked to Coach [Steve] Robinson," Steward said. "They were really impressed [with my play] and told me that they were going to be looking at me all the time and they were going to come up to the school."

Stewart doesn't plan on making his college decision anytime soon, but he is already developing a few factors that he'll take into account.

"Of course I'm going to go somewhere I'm going to play, but distance isn't going to affect where I go to play," he said.

Stewart checked in at No. 20 in Scout.com's post-summer circuit 2009 rankings.

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