Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings made an in-home visit with Stewart on September 22, said Union assistant coach Brandon Maddux, and the interest was mutual.
"Vanderbilt really got on his wagon this summer," said Maddux. "They saw him play in a couple of AAU tournaments, and really liked him."
Maddux said Stewart plans to take all five of his official visits, and most likely hold off a decision until close to the early signing period. Stewart has already visited Kansas State, and plans to visit Stanford this weekend. South Carolina and Tulsa round out his top five.
Stewart averaged 13.4 points, 5.5 assists and 5 rebounds per game in leading Union to a 23-4 record in 2002-03, and to the Elite Eight round of the state tournament. Union won its conference, and finished as runner-up in the prestigious Tournament of Champions. The upcoming season will be his third year to serve as captain.
"He's 6-4, long, athletic, so basically in high school he can play anywhere he wants on the court," said Maddux. "He's definitely the smartest player I've ever coached in my three years here.
"He can post up. He's really good with the ball-- sometimes we let him run the team. He's a great shooter from the perimeter. He's so versatile, and a great leader. You just really run out of adjectives."
Stewart played over the summer for Athletes First, a prominent AAU team based in Oklahoma, and shared the spotlight along with Darnell Jackson, a Kansas University commit. Stewart and Jackson are probably the two most highly recruited players from the state, according to Maddux.
Maddux said Stewart projects as either a 1 or a 2 in college.
"He can run the team, but he can score well enough from outside that he could probably play the off-guard position," Maddux said. "If Vanderbilt gets him, they'll be getting not only a great player, but a great kid."
Stewart also sports a 4.0 grade point average.
Vanderbilt has four scholarships to offer for the class which will enter school in 2004. Two of those scholarships are already spoken for-- the Commodores have secured commitments from point guard Alex Gordon of Pensacola, Fla., and DeMarre' Carroll, a forward from Birmingham-John Carroll, Ala.
Vanderbilt is also awaiting a decision from Shane Foster, a 6-6 small forward from Kenner-Bonnabel, La. Foster visited Vanderbilt officially the weekend of Sept. 6.
The Commodores are apparently out of the running for Andrew Brackman, a 6-9 forward prospect from Cincinnati-Moeller High School. Stallings had made an in-home visit to Brackman in mid-September, but according to a recent report from recruiting analyst Dave Telep of TheInsiders network, Vanderbilt is not on Brackman's list of finalists.