Written by JD King
When your assistants start getting big jobs recruiting battles are inevitable. So one may be brewing between Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski and his former player and assistant Steve Wojciechowski.
Marquette apparently has the bigger interest so far but Duke is also looking closely at PF Isaiah Stewart (2019). He’s 6-8 and 243 and would be handy around the basket.
He’s just 16 now so it’ll probably be a while before we know anything significant.
Rivals’ Eric Bossi got a chance to talk to Class of 2019 big man Isaiah Stewart recently, and Stewart says that Marquette is one of four schools that have been getting his attention lately.
Stewart is a 6’8”, 243 lb. power forward from Rochester, New York, according to his 247 Sports page. 247 has him rated as a four star guy and ranked as the #44 prospect in the country according to their Composite system, but their internal setup has him as a five star player and ranked #19. Bossi and Rivals have him as a four star caliber prospect and rank him at #37 right now.
In addition to Marquette, Stewart said that he’s hearing from Xavier and Georgetown, along with Maryland. Here’s what he told Bossi about his interaction with the Marquette staff:
“They have been telling how they want to really recruit me hard and build a relationship with my family. It’s a good program.”
Stewart called Maryland and Georgetown “really good” programs, while Xavier’s program did not merit a rating from the New York native.
In the fall of 2019, Marquette is projected to be dealing with the departure of Matt Heldt, but they’ll still have Harry Froling, Ed Morrow, Theo John, and Ike Eke on scholarship at that point. That should be some pretty high quality depth at that point with Froling and Morrow as seniors and the other two as juniors. It would be a pretty advantageous situation for Stewart, as it would allow him to come in, acclimate to college, but not be needed to occupy minutes. It would also be pretty great for Marquette to improve their big man depth because you can never have too many athletic guys who are also very tall.
Stewart has offers in hand from Syracuse, Georgia Tech, and Pittsburgh, and Duke has recently started to make inroads with him as well. 247 Sports says he has offers from Florida, Indiana, Providence, Tennessee, and Wake Forest, so with well over a year before Stewart can sign a letter of intent, it might be a while before we hear more from him.
Here’s what MU’s scholarship situation looks like right now: