Category: Isaiah Stewart

Elite players humbled and motivated by becoming McDonald’s All Americans

<p><strong>School:</strong> Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)<br/><strong>Pos:</strong> Power Forward<br/><strong>Team:</strong> East<br/><strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-8/210<br/><strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 16<br/><strong>College:</strong> Uncommitted</p><p><em>Photo: Gregory Payan, AP</em></p><p> </p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)<br />
<strong>Pos:</strong> Point Guard<br />
<strong>Team:</strong> East<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-3/185<br />
<strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 2<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Uncommitted</p>

<p><em>Photo: Bob Quinn/News-Press</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)<br/><strong>Pos:</strong> Center<br/><strong>Team:</strong> East<br/><strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-10/230<br/><strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 18<br/><strong>College:</strong> North Carolina</p><p><em>Photo: Gregory Payan, AP</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> NSU University (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)<br/><strong>Pos:</strong> Center<br/><strong>Team:</strong> East<br/><strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-10/275<br/><strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 3<br/><strong>College:</strong> Duke</p><p><em>Photo: Amanda Inscore/The News-Press</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Holy Spirit Prep (Atlanta, Ga.)<br/><strong>Pos:</strong> Shooting Guard<br/><strong>Team:</strong> East<br/><strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-4/205<br/><strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 5<br/><strong>College:</strong> Uncommitted</p><p><em>Photo: Gregory Payan, AP</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Center Grove (Greenwood, Ind.)<br/><strong>Pos:</strong> Center<br/><strong>Team:</strong> East<br/><strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-9/231<br/><strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 25<br/><strong>College:</strong> Indiana</p><p><em>Photo: Michelle Pemberton/Indystar</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Porter-Gaud (Charleston, S.C.)<br/><strong>Pos:</strong> Point Guard<br/><strong>Team:</strong> East<br/><strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-6/200<br/><strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 21<br/><strong>College:</strong> Tennessee</p><p><em>Photo: Jim Dedmon/USA TODAY Sports</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Ranney School (Tinton Falls, N.J.)<br/><strong>Pos:</strong> Small Forward<br/><strong>Team:</strong> East<br/><strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-5/185<br/><strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 12<br/><strong>College:</strong> Florida</p><p><em>Photo: Gregory Payan/AP</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Federal Way (Wash.)<br/><strong>Pos:</strong> Power Forward<br/><strong>Team:</strong> East<br/><strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-10/185<br/><strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 6<br/><strong>College:</strong> Uncommitted</p><p><em>Photo: Gregory Payan/AP</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Cox Mill (Charlotte, N.C.)<br/><strong>Pos:</strong> Small Forward<br/><strong>Team:</strong> East<br/><strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-6/215<br/><strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 19<br/><strong>College:</strong> Duke</p><p><em>Photo: Jim Dedmon/USA TODAY Sports</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> La Lumiere (La Porte, Ind.)<br/><strong>Pos:</strong> Center<br/><strong>Team:</strong> East<br/><strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-9/245<br/><strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 4<br/><strong>College:</strong> Washington</p><p><em>Photo: Doug McSchooler/IndyStar</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Mountain Brook (Ala.)<br/><strong>Pos:</strong> Power Forward<br/><strong>Team:</strong> East<br/><strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-8/210<br/><strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 22<br/><strong>College:</strong> Uncommitted</p><p><em>Photo: Jason Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Ranney School (Trinton Falls, N.J.)<br/><strong>Pos:</strong> Shooting Guard<br/><strong>Team:</strong> West<br/><strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-5/170<br/><strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 14<br/><strong>College:</strong> Villanova</p><p><em>Photo: Gregory Payan/AP</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)<br/><strong>Pos:</strong> Shooting Guard<br/><strong>Team:</strong> West<br/><strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-6/206<br/><strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 7<br/><strong>College:</strong> Arizona</p><p><em>Photo: Gregory Payan/AP</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> John Marshall (Rochester, Minn.)<br />
<strong>Pos:</strong> Power Forward<br />
<strong>Team:</strong> West<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-8/214<br />
<strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 10<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Uncommitted</p>

<p><em>Photo: Logan Newman/USA TODAY Sports</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> The Villages Charter (Fla.)<br />
<strong>Pos:</strong> Point Guard<br />
<strong>Team:</strong> West<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-4/185<br />
<strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 32<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Florida</p>

<p><em>Photo: Amber Searls/USA TODAY Sports</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Pinnacle (Phoenix, Ariz.)<br />
<strong>Pos:</strong> Point Guard<br />
<strong>Team:</strong> West<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-3/180<br />
<strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 8<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Arizona</p>

<p><em>Photo: Darryl Webb/Arizona Republic</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> South Garland (Garland, Texas)<br />
<strong>Pos:</strong> Shooting Guard<br />
<strong>Team:</strong> West<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-2/190<br />
<strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 11<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Kentucky</p>

<p><em>Photo: Jon Lopez/Nike</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Rancho Christian (Temecula, Calif.)<br />
<strong>Pos:</strong> Power Forward<br />
<strong>Team:</strong> West<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-9/210<br />
<strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 15<br />
<strong>College:</strong> USC</p>

<p><em>Photo: Gregory Payan/AP</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)<br />
<strong>Pos:</strong> Power Forward<br />
<strong>Team:</strong> West<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-9/235<br />
<strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 20<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Villanova</p>

<p><em>Photo: Gregory Payan/AP</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Kennedy Catholic (Hermitage, Pa.)<br />
<strong>Pos:</strong> Center<br />
<strong>Team:</strong> West<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-8/230<br />
<strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 37<br />
<strong>College:</strong> West Virginia</p>

<p><em>Photo: Stephen R. Sylvanie/USA TODAY Sports</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Roselle (N.J.) Catholic<br />
<strong>Pos:</strong> Small Forward<br />
<strong>Team:</strong> West<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-7/200<br />
<strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 9<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Kentucky</p>

<p><em>Photo: Gregory Payan/AP</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Rockwall (Texas)<br />
<strong>Pos:</strong> Small Forward<br />
<strong>Team:</strong> West<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 6-7/190<br />
<strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 33<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Louisville</p>

<p><em>Photo: 247Sports</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> East (Memphis, Tenn.)<br />
<strong>Pos:</strong> Center<br />
<strong>Team:</strong> West<br />
<strong>Ht/Wt:</strong> 7-0/230<br />
<strong>ESPN Ranking:</strong> 1<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Memphis</p>

<p><em>Photo: Andrew Jansen/News-Leader</em></p>

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Cole Anthony knows that this will sound cliché and contrived, but he’s never been the type of player that assumes his standing as No. 1 overall player in USA Today Sports’ Chosen 25 automatically affords him certain accolades.
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“I work for everything,” Anthony said. “I don’t even want anything given to me; that’s not how I’m built.”
That’s why the Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) point guard was genuinely ecstatic on Thursday to learn that he was one of 24 players selected to play in this year’s McDonald’s All American Game, which will commence on March 27 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta.
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“It’s such an honor,” Anthony said. “This was a dream of mine. It makes me feel like I’m one step closer to fulfilling my ultimate dream.”
Florida led the way with six All Americans, New Jersey had three and Indiana and Texas had two apiece.
Duke, Florida, Villanova, Arizona and Kentucky had the most recruits represented on the boys’ side with two apiece.
Twenty-one of the seniors in USA TODAY Sports’ Chosen 25 were picked for the game.
Six players remain undecided, including Anthony, who will lead the East.
He’ll be joined by Holy Spirit Prep (Atlanta) shooting guard Anthony Edwards, ranked No. 2 overall in the Chosen 25, La Lumiere School (La Porte, Ind.) forward Isaiah Stewart, a Washington commit who is ranked No. 3 overall in the Chosen 25, and University School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) forward Vernon Carey Jr., a Duke commit who is ranked No. 4 overall in the Chosen 25.
The West is highlighted by Memphis (Tenn.) East High School center James Wiseman, a Memphis signee who is ranked No. 5 overall in the Chosen 25, Federal Way (Wash.) High School forward Jaden McDaniels, a forward who is ranked No. 6 overall in the Chosen 25, South Garland (Texas) High School guard Tyrese Maxey, a Kentucky signee who is ranked No. 7 overall in the Chosen 25, and IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) shooting guard Josh Green, an Arizona signee who is ranked No. 8 overall in the Chosen 25.
Stewart vividly recalls watching Thomas Bryant, now a forward with the Washington Wizards, play in the 2015 All American Game with his father. Shortly thereafter, Stewart created an Instagram and posted a picture of the All American Game with a caption that read “goals.”
“Now here I am,” Stewart said. “It’s surreal. I’m taking this opportunity seriously because it’s a blessing. When I get there, I want to be in the moment and take it all in. It will be fun, but it’s gonna be a dogfight in the gym. It’s not just a vacation. Time to go to work.”
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Crown Town Classic: Duke commit Wendell Moore Jr. confident on landing Isaiah Stewart

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Back in October when Cox Mill High School (Concord, N.C.) wing Wendell Moore Jr. committed to Duke, he was adamant that he wouldn’t be the last high-profile player that the Blue Devils would land in the 2019 class.
Moore, who checks in No. 23 overall in USA Today Sports’ Chosen 25, made good on his promise; since his commitment the Blue Devils have reeled in two fellow Chosen 25 players in Mission Bay High School (San Diego) combo guard Boogie Ellis, who is ranked No. 25 overall, and University School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) forward Vernon Carey Jr., who is ranked No. 3 overall.

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Now Moore is “confident” that the Blue Devils aren’t done.
“I feel like Isaiah (Stewart) will be the next one that commits to ‘The Brotherhood,” Moore said referring to Duke. “I’d say it’s close with us and a couple other schools, but at the end of the day I think we’ll end up getting him.”
Stewart, a forward at La Lumiere School (La Porte, Ind.), is ranked No. 4 overall in the Chosen 25; picking him up would give Duke the country’s No. 1 recruiting class.
“We’re trying to make that happen,” said Moore, who scored 25 points in Cox Mill’s 75-61 win over No. 24 Greensboro (N.C.) Day School Saturday night at the Crown Town Classic. “I talk to him twice a week, but that’s more because we’re real friends. I don’t always talk about Duke, we talk about everything.”
Moore contends that life has been a lot easier since he ended his recruitment a couple months back; now he’s laser-focused on trying to pull off the ever-elusive state title three-peat.
The Chargers are 8-0.
“It’s gonna be hard,” said Moore, who is averaging 26 points, seven rebounds and four assists this season. “People always say it’s hard to do it twice, so it’s even harder to do it three times. We have seven seniors so we have the experience and the talent; we just have to put it together.”
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The Isaiah Stewart Blog: Visiting Duke, NBA Young Boy, style tips and more

Isaiah Stewart is ranked No. 3 overall in USA Today Sports’ Chosen 25 for 2019 after dominating the competition with La Lumiere (La Porte, Ind.) during the high school season and City Rocks (N.Y.) during the summer circuit season. That kind of play has got everyone from Duke to Michigan State to Villanova, among many others in hot pursuit. Now Stewart has agreed to give USA TODAY Sports exclusive access into his world by chronicling everything from intimate details about his recruitment to his everyday life in a blog.
Isaiah Stewart here and I’m back to update you guys on what’s going on!
I know it’s been a while, but I’m here to let you know what’s been going on in Zay’s World!
I’ve been on a bunch of visits here lately that I want to tell you guys about.
The last visit I went on was to Michigan State and I had a ball there.
I got to hang out with the guys most of the visit and had a great time. I went to the football game and took in the atmosphere. It was just a visit where I got to really get a feel for what life would be like if I went there. I think the thing that stood out most is how close the players are. They really do hang out and do everything together. That was big because when it’s like that you know that you’re gonna have great chemistry that will lead to wins on the court.
The visit before that was to Syracuse and that was fun because it’s the hometown school. I got to meet with the guys and the coaching staff and they laid out the blueprint for me. They feel like I can be the special player that accomplish a lot of things like Carmelo Anthony did for them.
That’s big for me.
Before that visit was the Kentucky visit and that was a fun visit as well.
I got a chance to see the practice and the thing that stood out the most was how intense the guys were. I love that because I know they all just want to get better.
Coach Cal’s message was that I can come in and go to work. You just go with the opportunity there and if I work hard, hopefully, I’ll get a chance to leave achieve my dreams.
Duke is gonna be my last visit and that’s this weekend so I’m looking forward to that. I’m mostly looking forward to hanging out with the guys and just taking in what it would be like to go there.
I already have a great relationship with Coach K and the staff so I want to get the players’ take on everything.
I won’t be able to sign during the early period, but it’s all good. I can still commit. I’m not worried about not being able to sign. I would like to go ahead and make a commitment after the last visit, but it’s all about how I’m feeling and if I feel like I’m ready.
OK, right now I’m feeling really good about how my high school team is looking this season. We’ve just got a lot of talented guys that want to work and get better. We’re playing with a chip on shoulder this season and I’m excited about what we’ll be able to do.
Right now, we’re No. 6 in the USA Today Super 25 and I ain’t gonna lie that’s about five spots too low for us! We’re not stressing it; we’re just gonna work hard and prove it.
A few things I really want to work on individually is my finesse game. Everyone knows me for my strength and power, but I’ve added more to my game like going to the perimeter, facing up, putting the ball on the floor and all of that. That’s the way the game is being played now so I want to continue to polish that part of my game this season as I get ready for college.
School is going good for me right now too. I’m trying to finish up my first semester as strong a possible. My goal is to get three A’s and two B’s, but hopefully I’m gonna pull out all A’s.
OK, let’s get in to this music real quick; right now I’m listening to NBA YoungBoy. He’s the best out right now to me. That’s who I’m throwing on in the headphones before a game. Then I’m listening to Lil Baby, YG, Lil Uzi and I’m also listening to my boy Nahziah Carter. He plays for Washington and he’s actually Jay Z’s nephew, but he’s nice on the mic too.
He keeps it on the low, but he sends me his unreleased songs and they’re tough!
Of course I’m still listening to that reggae heavy too! Always.
I want to add in a little fashion tips in my blog too because I love to look good off the court. I’m always looking at different styles. I always like looking nice and presentable no matter what. I’d have to say my go-to look is a Nike suit with a fresh pair of Jordans.
Now if I’m trying to get dripped-up I’m gonna throw on some gold, put the earrings in, put some cut-up jeans on, nice pair or fly J’s or some Balenciaga’s! I can get dripped up a lil’ bit!
OK, guys I appreciate you checking out my latest blog and I’ll be back soon to let you know how the Duke visit went and what’s next for me.
Shoutout to you guys for keeping up with my blog!
Thanks again for tuning in with your boy Zay!
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