The Kentucky Wildcats are still in need of a big man in the 2019 class.
While they are still in the mix for the likes of Matthew Hurt and Jaden McDaniels, two guys who Calipari would love to have on his roster next year, UK would like to add a more traditional interior player. Isaiah Stewart is that guy.
Stewart is a 6-9, 245-pound center out of Rochester, NY who looks and plays like an NBA ready player and is widely regarded as a guy that will dominate on the floor for whichever team wins the services for his one year of college basketball. Stewart is the lone true big man ranked in the top 10 yet to commit in the 2019 class and has a lot of schools interested.
Of course, the Duke Blue Devils are on that list and they are hoping to land Stewart to propel their already loaded 2019 class into the top spot yet again. Duke has already landed commitments from Wendell Moore, Jr. (signed), Boogie Ellis (signed), and Vernon Carey (verbal).
“I feel like Isaiah (Stewart) will be the next one that commits to ‘The Brotherhood,” Moore said referring to Duke. “I’d say it’s close with us and a couple other schools, but at the end of the day I think we’ll end up getting him. We’re trying to make that happen. I talk to him twice a week, but that’s more because we’re real friends. I don’t always talk about Duke, we talk about everything.”
Now, this isn’t super surprising. Most of these high level guys know each other pretty well with all of the big tournaments around the country through high school and AAU/travel ball circuits and they talk and everyone wants to play with the best players in the country.
I don’t know if Stewart already knows where he’s going, but his recruitment still seems to be relatively wide open, though the Blue Devils and the Michigan State Spartans are currently leading in his 247Sports.com crystal ball predictions.
If Kentucky can get Stewart and add one of Matthew Hurt or Jaden McDaniels, their 2019 class would be stacked. This seems like a long shot at this point, but it seems like Stewart might take his decision down to the wire. We’ll just have to wait and see.