5-Star C Isaiah Stewart Announces Washington Commitment


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Top-five senior Isaiah Stewart announced his commitment to Washington on Sunday night at the Hoophall Classic.

Washington also recently landed former United Kingdom point guard Quade Green as a transfer, and the Huskies are one of the finalists - and possible the Wildcats' top competition - for five-star recruit Jaden McDaniels, a Seattle native and one of the top 10 players in the 2019 class.

Washington continues to recruit another elite prospect in Jaden McDaniels, a Seattle native who will likely be among the first players selected in the 2020 draft, and who could completely elevate the program's profile with a commitment.

"Me and Coach Hopkins go way back from when I was a freshman", said Stewart, who is playing his final prep season at La Lumiere School in La Porte, Ind. He's a coach that I trust to push me hard and help me accomplish my goals.

"I'm a relationship guy", Stewart said. While Alexander went undrafted in 2015, Stewart is projected to be a first-round pick in the National Basketball Association down the road.

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This season, Stewart is averaging 17.1 points and 11.2 rebounds a game for the Lakers. "He wanted to go out west and start his own legacy. For me to have that type of relationship with the head coach, it was special". "I take my own path and I get it out the mud". "I like to work hard and prove people wrong".

With Stewart in place, Washington potentially becomes a more attractive destination for Federal Way star Jaden McDaniels. McDaniels does not plan to commit until after the season and also has Kentucky hot on his trail, in addition to San Diego State, where his brother, Jalen, is a sophomore.

Stewart is the No. 3 center and No. 6 overall player in the 2019 class, according to 247Sports' Composite Rankings.

Last November, Washington signed 2019 guards RaeQuan Battle and Marcus Tsohonis. Point guard Quade Green transferred in from Kentucky and is expected to be eligible mid-season.