City Rocks 2019 Big Man Isaiah Stewart Looking To Cut List Soon

City Rocks 2019 Big Man Isaiah Stewart Looking To Cut List Soon

City Rocks Forward Isaiah Stewart is entertaining the thought of cutting his college list soon.

Apr 28, 2018 by Adam Zagoria
City Rocks 2019 Big Man Isaiah Stewart Looking To Cut List Soon


INDIANAPOLIS -- A Who's Who of high-major Division 1 programs came out to watch Isaiah Stewart and the Albany City Rocks on Friday night at the Nike EYBL stop here.

Michigan State's Tom Izzo sat in the front row of the bleachers on one baseline, with Texas' Shaka Smart, fresh off landing point guard Courtney Ramey earlier in the day, sat nearby. Indiana head man Archie Miller and Tennessee's Rick Barnes were also in attendance. And Duke and Syracuse each had two assistants watching the game, in which Stewart and the City Rocks fell to Woodz Elite, 80-73, despite Stewart's 21 points and 11 rebounds.

"Everybody's watching Isaiah Stewart," one high-major assistant coach said of the 6-foot-9 big man from La Lumiere (IN) and Rochester, N.Y.

After the game, Stewart said he still has a number of college suitors but intends to cut his list "soon and really move forward with those schools."

"I definitely want to cut my list down to seven or six," he said. "I've been keeping tabs on that. Some days it goes down to five, some days it goes back up to seven."

One source close to Stewart said Michigan State, Duke and Syracuse figure to make the list with a few others. 

Kansas, Villanova, Louisville, Georgetown, Texas, Maryland, Notre Dame, Marquette, Tennessee, Iowa, George Washington, Florida State, and Ohio State are also in pursuit.

Kentucky has also visited him, but he said "I haven't done much with them since."

"There are some schools that I know I'm going to visit for sure, but I'm not going to release that until I release my list," he said.

He added: "You get five visits, so I'm thinking, 'Why not take all five?' You have five free You don't want to just take one visit and then the next school that might visit could be better than the others."

On Indiana, Stewart is playing high school ball in the state and also stays in touch with former Hoosiers big man Thomas Bryant.

"He's helping me out with my recruitment," he said. "If I have any questions, I shoot him a text. If things are getting frustrating, he's always a guy I can count on."

Michigan State's Izzo stayed until the bitter end to watch Stewart, as he has done all April.

"They're really making me a priority and coach Izzo has been at every game since the circuit started," he said.

As for Louisville, Stewart said coach Chris Mack's staff was "recruiting me hard at Xavier and it pretty much hasn't changed. They're recruiting me on a bigger stage."

Villanova watched him last weekend in Dallas

"I'm starting to build a good relationship with [them]," he said.

Duke and Syracuse are also heavily involved. Duke had Jon Scheyer and Nolan Smith on hand, while Adrian Autry and Gerry McNamara of Syracuse were there. Both schools are also recruiting City Rocks guard Joe Girard.

"Some schools pitch the one-and-done to me but it's not something I'm really worried about," Stewart said. "I'm worried about coming into college, getting better and trying to win some games, hopefully a championship."

Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who runs and contributes to The New York Times. Follow Adam on Twitter.