The 2019 recruiting class for John Calipari and his staff already has some big names in it, and it looks like he is going to have yet another loaded class. The only question as of right now is the frontcourt. With PJ Washington, Reid Travis and potentially other frontcourt players leaving after the season adding post players is essential for next season.
Cal has been out recruiting, and he is looking at 6-9 center Isaiah Stewart from Rochester, NY. Stewart is, according to 247sports, the No. 5 player in the country and the No. 3 overall center.
And now, Stewart has an offer from Kentucky, and he is ready to visit Lexington, according to Cory Evans. The visit will be this coming weekend.
Stewart is an athletic big who is good at finishing at the rim and can finish through contact. He also has the ability to step out and knock down a mid-range jumper. If Cal can bring in Stewart and another center, I could see Stewart being used more at the power forward position at Kentucky.
The schools that appear to have the most interest from Stewart are Duke, Washington, Indiana, Michigan State and Kentucky. Duke was the heavy favorite to land the La Lumiere star, but Michigan State is getting more buzz at the moment.
In August, Stewart took unofficial visits to Georgetown and Michigan State. On September 14th coach Cal made the trip to visit Stewart and talk with him and his family. Stewart officially visited Washington on September 21st.
Back in August, Stewart cut his list down to six remaining schools, and Kentucky was not a part of that list. However, recently Cal started turning up the heat in the recruitment of Stewart, and he is willing to listen to what he has to say.
In an article on CatsPause.com, Chris Fisher spoke with Kevan Sheppard on the visit Cal made.
“He’s been in communication with them, and I think he’s listening,” Sheppard said. “Kentucky is one of those schools that he always wanted to get an offer from so having a teammate like teammate like Keion (Brooks) who is further down the road with them to give him information is big. Once they reached out, he listened”.
Hopefully, the surge by coach Cal will make Stewart wait until the late signing period rather than signing early which would most likely mean he is heading to Duke. However, if he does wait longer that should come across as good news for Kentucky.
Never count coach Cal out of a recruiting battle.