Mike Bethea On Hikeem Stewart

Rainier Beach High School has produced a ton of hoops talent over the years; Nate Robinson, Jamal Crawford, Terrence Williams, Reggie Moore, Aaron Dotson and too many more to list here, but Beach was also the home to the Stewart twins back in the early part of the decade.

Lodrick and Rodrick Stewart made their own mark, initially signing with USC out of high school. In 2010, their younger brother Hikeem, a 6-foot-2.5, 180-pound guard, is set to sign with Washington in November. Kim Grinolds of Dawgman.com spoke recently with Rainier Beach Head Coach Mike Bethea, who coached all three players during their time as Vikings. Here's what he had to say about Hikeem.

On the kind of player he is - "He's kind of like a combo guard, a one and a two, and he can really shoot the ball. But his passing is off the hook. The more a lot of coaches are looking at him, they were coming to me and telling me he's definitely a combo guard. He can play the one and the two. The other thing is he's starting to play defense the way he's capable of playing, just like his brothers used to play. He had a fantastic summer."

On flying under the radar - "He really has. You have the kids like Tony Wroten and Brett Kingma and all those guys, and Hikeem has had an up-and-down high school career, whereas those guys have been pretty consistent. He just basically has had a great breakout summer."

On what he needs to improve on - "What he needs to do is keep improving on the things he's doing. Before the summer if you asked me that, I would have said make a better commitment to defense and basically work on his ball handling. But it looks like he's been doing that."

On being a late bloomer compared to older brothers Lodrick and Rodrick - "Exactly. Exactly, which is a good thing, because he's had to work really hard to get where he's at, where those guys were pretty high-profile the minute they stepped through the door."


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