ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- McQuaid Jesuit (Rochester, NY) forward Isaiah Stewart, a talented 2019 prospect, scored 42 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in a 97-85 loss to Leadership Academy. This coming just one week after his 41 point, 15 rebound and 10 block performance against Edison Tech (Rochester, N.Y.).
Stewart stands at 6-foot-7, and is only a freshman at McQuaid Jesuit. On Friday, his Knights matched up against the Leadership Academy in a Rochester City Catholic league battle.
In the first quarter, the Leadership Academy did everything they could to slow down Isaiah, but it didn't work. The freshman scored ten points, and McQuaid led, 21-18. Right from the opening tip it was obvious it was going to a physical and emotional game. With both teams jawing back and forth, the referees were forced to warn multiple players throughout the game.
Stewart came out scoring, as he typically does, but was also a big defensive presence in the middle of the paint. His 6-foot-7 frame scared away multiple would-be drivers, and forced contested jump shots.
In the second quarter, he was held to only four points, and Leadership Academy took a 42-35 lead into the locker room.
He took over in the second half.
Stewart scored twelve points in the third quarter, and sixteen points in the fourth quarter to finish with a season-high 42 points. His sixteen rebounds was a game-high.
What impressed me most about Isaiah's game was his handle. Standing at 6-foot-7, he was able to drive past whoever Leadership Academy stuck on him and score at will. He dunked every chance he got, and went 6-for-9 from the free throw line.
He also took multiple defensive rebounds coast-to-coast for dunks.
"I thought we should've played better," he said after the game. "We should've just played our game and ran as much as possible."
Despite his big numbers, Isaiah is still flying under the radar. He described his game as someone who is trying to become an inside out player who takes advantages of mismatches, which he had a lot of on Friday.
His 42 points was two shy of the school record at McQuaid, but he said personal records don't mean anything, "That doesn't do anything but push me harder and help me become a better person."
And as for his future high school plans, he's taking that one step at a time. Isaiah did confirm he will return to McQuaid Jesuit next season, but was unable to verify anything after that.
"I hope that everything goes well next year. We're still a pretty young team and I hope everything works out as is," he said. "I love the school a lot and I grew up in Rochester."
But after next season, anything could happen. "I'm not sure what's going to happen after that."
McQuaid dropped to 8-4 on the season, and will host Bishop Kearney on Tuesday.