Isaiah Stewart Considering Duke, Kentucky, & 3 Others, Will Decide 'Soon'

Isaiah Stewart is one of the most sought-after uncommitted recruits in the Class of 2019, and he has everyone from fans to college coaches guessing on where he'll be playing college basketball next season.

During an Instagram Live with Joseph Tipton of Tipton's Edits on Tuesday, the 6-foot-9 forward out of USA Today top-ranked La Lumiere (IN) said he's considering Duke, Michigan State, Syracuse, Kentucky, and Washington.

"I’m definitely close to the bottom of things so that’s why I say soon," Stewart, who starred at the recent Hoop City Classic shown on, said of his decision timeline.

Players and coaches associated with every school are making their case for Stewart, ranked No. 5 in the 2019 ESPN 100.

Duke pledges Vern Carey, Boogie Ellis, and Wendell Moore are busy trying to add Stewart to a class that will have to replace the vaunted one of Zion Williamson, R.J. Barrett, and Cam Reddish.

"Those are my boys," Stewart said. "They’ve been trying to get me to seal the deal.”

As for Michigan State, which missed out on Carey, Stewart would be a welcome addition up front. Mark "Rocket" Watts, who plays at Spire Institute alongside LaMelo Ball, wants Stewart to join him.

"That’s my boy," he said. "He’s a dog, I’m a dog. We think alike. We both want to go out there and get it. We have a similar mindset. He feels like me and him together would be crazy and do great, great things."

Syracuse is the local option for the Rochester, N.Y., native, and 2019 commit Joe Girard, the all-time leading scorer in New York State history, wants to play with Stewart, too.

“His message is he wants me to come to Cuse and be dominant... be right there with him," Stewart said. "He’s the best shooter in the country."

Kentucky, as has been well-documented, has missed out on James Wiseman (Memphis) and Carey (Duke), and desperately needs frontcourt help in 2019, with Reid Travis and likely P.J. Washington leaving.

“It’s hard not to listen to Coach Cal and all the success he has," he said of Kentucky coach John Calipari.

Stewart is also hearing from Kentucky commits Kahlil Whitney, Dontaie Allen, and Tyrese Maxey.

"I’ve been talking to all the commits: Kahlil, Dontaie, Tyrese," he said. "They all want me to make that move as well.”

Washington is an appealing option as well because head coach Mike Hopkins is a former Syracuse assistant and has recruited the East Coast well since taking over at the Pac-12 school.

Naz Carter, Jay-Z's nephew, is working on that angle.

"Naz my boy," he said. "I’ve been knowing Naz my whole life. I played with him for a while. That’s my big bro and I talk to him about everything, even if it’s about other schools or just anything regardless."

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

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