The recruitment of DJ Steward is on the rise, but the Kentucky Wildcats appear to be already out.
Steward, a 6-3, 165-pound combo guard out of Whitney Young High School in Chicago, already has offers from schools like Duke, Louisville, Texas and North Carolina. He just picked up the Duke and UNC offers after the Nike Peach Jam, and it sounded like an offer from Kentucky could be up next.
However, Steward has just cut his list to eight, and Kentucky did not make it, according to Jake Weingarten.
Five-star guard DJ Steward is down to a final-eight, he told @Stockrisers: Louisville, Illinois, DePaul, Texas, Iowa State, Duke, North Carolina, Indiana.— Jake (@jakeweingarten) August 1, 2019
“My visits will be planned next week,” Steward said.
It initially looked like Steward, who is ranked 27th overall and the sixth-best combo guard by 247 Sports composite, could be a point guard target for Kentucky in 2020. They’re in hot pursuit of Jalen Green and Josh Christopher to pair with BJ Boston next season. There’s been some thought Christopher could end up playing point guard, though Steward may be more capable of running an offense, but it’s a moot point now.
And while Kentucky may have been a contender had they put more effort into recruiting Steward, it sounds like Duke is a pretty significant favorite now, so perhaps this would have turned into a wasted effort by John Calipari and his staff, who will now search elsewhere for a potential point guard in 2020.