La Porte (Ind.) La Lumiere power forward Isaiah Stewart is among the most coveted prospects in the entire nation.
A 5-star prospect with 38 offers, Stewart has been in contact with a wide variety of programs from around the nation, including Duke, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Syracuse and Georgetown, among numerous others. Texas is among those also in the mix, and the Longhorns are one of the schools prioritizing the elite power forward as of late.
In a recent interview with Rivals recruiting analyst Corey Evans, Stewart detailed what about Texas interests him.
“Coach (Shaka) Smart and I are tight; we talk a lot. He FaceTimes me a lot and we just have a great relationship,” Steward told Evans. “He is great and Texas is a great school. I know that they have had a great past with players at my position and he thinks very highly of me. It is a great conference, the Big 12, and it is a place that I could go and play well at.”
A Rochester (N.Y.) native, Stewart plays for a La Lumiere program that Shaka Smart is quite familiar with. Although he has since transferred, former Longhorns center James Banks hailed from La Lumiere, and Texas was a finalist for McDonald’s All-American guard Brian Bowen last spring, as well.
It appears Stewart is now the latest La Lumiere product to emerge as a key Texas target, and as seen in his comments, the interest is certainly mutual. However, Duke is currently considered the favorite, as the Blue Devils own six of Stewart’s seven Crystal Ball projections — the other favors Texas.
A 6-foot-8, 230-pound prospect, Stewart is ranked No. 10 overall in the Rivals150 and ranked as the nation’s No. 4 power forward.