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AJ Stewart joins Bluegrass Boys for “The Basketball Tournament”

via @BluegrassBoys19

via @BluegrassBoys19

The Bluegrass Boys have added another name to their growing roster, and this one is a real blast from the past: AJ Stewart will return to Lexington this summer to compete in The Basketball Tournament.

AJ Stewart, who played under Billy Gillispie from 2007-09, transferred after his sophomore year. The 6-foot-8 forward was a 2007 ESPN Top 100 recruit and was ranked as the No. 18 power forward in the nation in his class. After two years at Kentucky, Stewart was part of the mass overhaul that occurred when Gillispie was fired and Calipari was hired. Stewart, along with Jared Carter, Donald Williams, Matt Pilgrim, Kevin Galloway, Michael Porter and Landon Slone, all left the program when Calipari came on board.

At Kentucky, Stewart averaged seven minutes per game; he saw three career starts and finished his UK career with 104 total points. Stewart first transferred to Texas State before eventually landing at Rogers State in Oklahoma.

Recently, Stewart has been playing professionally in various leagues, including with the Kentucky Thoroughbreds in the North American Premier Basketball League and with the Canadian pro team, the Island Storm.

The news was announced by the “official” Bluegrass Boys Twitter account, and Stewart added a short video announcing his return, saying he “can’t wait to be back in Lexington playing with Big Blue.”

Stewart will join a fun group of former Cats: Derek Willis, Josh Harrellson, Dominique Hawkins, Marcus Lee, Ramon Harris and Kevin Galloway have already committed to the TBT tournament.

TBT is a 64-team, single-elimination basketball tournament that started in 2014. It’s a chance for former players to reunite and compete – the roster can include anyone without a guaranteed NBA contract.

This year, Lexington will serve as the host team for the Lexington Region. Games will take place July 19-21 at Frederick Douglass High School and will air live on the ESPN networks. The winners of each region will meet for the semifinals and $2 million championship game in Chicago August 1-6. The tournament is also doing something cool to honor those fighting ALS:

To secure your tickets for TBT, click here.

Article written by Maggie Davis

I love sports, podcasts, long walks on the beach and Twitter (@MaggieDavisKSR)

3 Comments for AJ Stewart joins Bluegrass Boys for “The Basketball Tournament”



  1. Ridge Runner
    11:48 pm May 31, 2019 Permalink

    I wondered what had happened to him… ok.



  2. BLUEVADER
    10:22 am June 1, 2019 Permalink

    Who is coaching the BLUEGRASS BOYS?



  3. ColoradoCatFan88
    2:54 pm June 1, 2019 Permalink

    Nice addition! Would love to see this team win that tournament. Should be fun to watch