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Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins watches 2019 Rochester forward Isaiah Stewart

2019 McQuaid (Rochester, NY) forward Isaiah Stewart had another big game, this time in front of Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- McQuaid Jesuit (Rochester, NY) freshman Isaiah Stewart was at it again on Tuesday night.

In another emotional city league game, the 6-foot-7 freshman scored 21 points and grabbed 16 rebounds. Stewart was coming off back-to-back 40+ point, 15+ rebound games, including a 41-point, 15-rebound and ten-block performance against Edison Tech (Rochester, NY) two weeks ago. 

On Tuesday evening, Syracuse assistant coach Mike Hopkins was in attendance.

Last week, Isaiah told that Syracuse, VirginiaOhio StateArizonaGeorgetown and Stanford have all shown interest.

The last notable big-man to come out of Rochester was Thomas Bryant, who went to Huntington Prep (WV) after his sophomore season at Bishop Kearney. Stewart may follow the path of prep school, but he has told he will return to McQuaid next season. After that, he is unsure of his future.

Against Bishop Kearney on Tuesday, Stewart got off to a slow start, scoring two points in the first quarter. The Kings made him a priority to defend, which worked for most of the first half. He followed up a slow first quarter with six points in the second, totaling 8 in the first half. McQuaid led BK, 39-29. 

Much like last game, Isaiah turned it up in the third quarter, scoring eight points, including four in the final :45 of the quarter. With 2:16 remaining in the third, he took a pass from teammate Jake Purcell that ended in a highlight reel dunk.

He had four fourth-quarter points. 

Isaiah's athleticism is remarkable, especially for his age. He plays to his strengths well, which is down on the block with his back to the basket. He's an above average rebounder, but will need to add muscle over the next three years. His handle is also impressive. For the second straight game, he was able to take defensive rebounds coast-to-coast for dunks. 

Former Syracuse target and Temple Owls signee Quinton Rose scored 20 points for Bishop Kearney. The Kings won the game, 71-68.

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