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Kentucky Wildcats Recruiting: Rising 5-star center Isaiah Stewart open to UK

The 6’9 big man is one of the fastest risers in the 2019 class. Will UK come calling?

Isaiah Stewart hasn’t heard much from Kentucky, but he would be interested if the Wildcats came calling.

The 6’9, 250 lb. big man has had one of the best springs of anyone in the class, taking a major leap by jumping to #10 overall in the Rivals rankings.

That has led to increased interest from several major programs, like Villanova, UCLA, Michigan State, Duke, and others.

But Kentucky isn’t really one of them. However, according to Ben Roberts of the Lexington Herald-Leader, he would definitely have some interest if Kentucky came calling.

“I know Kentucky. I know what their program is about,” Stewart told Roberts. “I know they got a lot of great history with players going off to the league. If they were to come, I would definitely be interested to see what they had in store for me and to learn a lot more about the program.”

Kentucky has cast a pretty narrow net for 2019 big men. They have invested pretty heavily in James Wiseman and Vernon Carey, Jr., hoping to land one of the two star big men in the class... or maybe both in the most ideal scenario.

Stewart also spoke about the possibility of playing with Wiseman, so he seems open to playing with another top big man.

But Kentucky will need to decide soon whether to pursue Stewart, and to what degree. He told Roberts he plans on cutting his list soon, and the longer the process plays out, the less likely that UK can jump in and become a serious contender in his recruitment.

As of now, Duke holds 9/10 predictions for Stewart in the 247 Sports Crystal Ball, with Texas holding the other prediction. Making matters more interesting, Evan Daniels logged a pick for Duke in Stewart’s recruitment. Daniels typically waits until he is pretty confident of a decision before making his official pick, so Duke should probably be seen as the favorite.

Maybe that changes if Kentucky gets involved, but it will be something to follow.

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