Syracuse is still in the running for the fourth best player in the 2019 class, according to ESPN. Isaiah Stewart, a 6’9”, 245-pounder, who has been surging up the recruiting rankings all summer, just announced his top six schools on twitter Friday. Stewart is down to Duke, Villanova, Washington, Syracuse, Indiana and Michigan State.
I know, I know Duke is on the list. It’s quite unfortunate for SU fans. However, on the bright side, Georgetown is not in the top 6. The coveted forward cut the Hoyas, who were on his previous list of schools along with Kentucky and Louisville. On that note, shoutout to @Ted_Gioia, who replied to Stewart’s announcement tweet with one of the best tweets of the year.
Goodnight Hoyas pic.twitter.com/oDLQU5gQQK
— Ted Gioia (@Ted_Gioia) August 25, 2018
Considering Stewart would be one of the biggest recruits in the past 15 years for Syracuse, at least based on ESPN’s 100 list, optimism should still be tempered a little. But, it’s worth mentioning that Stewart grew up in nearby Rochester and of the teams still on the list Syracuse has one of the least crowded front courts for him to join. Mike Hopkins and Washington also can make that claim but they’re a lot farther away. Meanwhile, Indiana seems to be back on the rise recruiting wise and Stewart plays his high school ball at the famed La Lumiere in Indiana. Michigan State is of course always dangerous and Nova and Duke are well Nova and Duke.
Currently, Syracuse has one commit in the 2019 class, which is fellow riser, Brycen Goodine, who now sits at 69 in the ESPN 100. SU also offered local product and City Rocks teammate of Stewart, Symir Torrence, this past weekend.
Front court is a need heading into 2019 with Paschal Chukwu set to graduate after this year. Stewart might still be a long shot but that long shot is still alive after Friday. And since we all love to dream, here’s his highlight reel while we’re at it.