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Five-star Kentucky target Isaiah Stewart will announce his decision on Sunday

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One of the big names in the class of 2019 is set to make his final decision this weekend.

Five-star power forward Isaiah Stewart out of La Porte, IN will make his announcement on Sunday evening at halftime of the Oak Hill vs. IMG game (7:30 p.m. ET) on ESPN.

The final five? Duke, Michigan State, Washington, Syracuse, and Kentucky.

ESPN’s Paul Biancardi was the first to report the news:

Stewart himself also confirmed the news, adding the caption “The Time Has Come” on Twitter.

As far as the timing of the announcement goes, I have been told that ESPN has been pushing both Stewart and Kentucky target Keion Brooks to commit this weekend during the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Massachusetts. Both prospects have said publicly that their decisions were right around the corner, with Brooks actually expected to come before Stewart, and I’m under the assumption that both were very receptive to the idea of announcing on the big stage. Stewart officially made the jump, and I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if we hear of Brooks doing the same.

Though the elite big man’s final five includes Kentucky, it appears the decision will come down to Washington, Duke, and Michigan State, with the Huskies being the runaway favorite to land him at this point.

Evan Daniels of 247 Sports, one of the absolute best in the recruiting business, logged a Crystal Ball pick for Washington yesterday morning. He has hit on 97 percent of predictions in 2019 (87/90) and 95 percent all-time (159/168).

Adam Rowe, John Watson, and Chad Lykins, three Duke insiders, also made predictions for Washington within the span of just a few hours yesterday afternoon.

247 Sports’ Brian Snow, who has a 93 percent all-time (96 percent in 2019) prediction grade, picked Washington back in October and hasn’t backed away from that since.

The Huskies have also received four of Stewart’s last analyst predictions on, including one from Eric Bossi.

To say there’s significant momentum for Washington right now would be an understatement. I would be shocked if he ended up anywhere other than Seattle next season.

I also may add that there have been rumors spreading that if Stewart announces for Washington (as expected), that five-star forward Jaden McDaniels would opt for Kentucky soon after. As great as that sounds for the Wildcats, I’m told there is no truth to those rumors and McDaniels would actually be open to teaming up with the elite power forward prospect under Mike Hopkins at Washington. To take it a step further, I’m under the firm belief McDaniels wants to finish up his senior year before making a final decision.

Regardless, it looks like Stewart will be teaming up with Quade Green in purple and gold next season.


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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18 Comments for Five-star Kentucky target Isaiah Stewart will announce his decision on Sunday

  1. StuckinLville
    11:54 am January 18, 2019 Permalink

    Anywhere but Duke

    • Jack Pilgrim
      11:56 am January 18, 2019 Permalink


    • Duff86
      12:39 pm January 18, 2019 Permalink

      I find it very interesting that Washington always seems to be in the running for top recruits but never relevant in the post season. What’s the draw to Washington? Please explain.

    • 8 god
      12:46 pm January 18, 2019 Permalink

      Seattle… and easy conference?

    • Ridge Runner
      1:30 pm January 18, 2019 Permalink

      I hear ya stuck…

    • Kentuckybbnfan01
      2:46 pm January 18, 2019 Permalink

      The assistant coach for Washington recruited him at cuse and they have a right relationship

  2. Smyrna_Cat
    12:05 pm January 18, 2019 Permalink

    Sorry, gave up on him a long time ago.

  3. BigolBlue
    12:28 pm January 18, 2019 Permalink

    Pointless. K gets them all

    • bigbluebanana
      1:46 pm January 18, 2019 Permalink

      I know right? We should probably just quit playing basketball since dook wins it all every year and literally no other players play on any team other than dook. Life would be so much better if basketball ceased to exist anywhere other than dook so we could all just sit back and bask in the glory, the genius, THE GOD, that is coach K. Say it with me everyone, “all hail dook, all hail dook”. I bet you’ve bought bottled coach K farts off of eBay haven’t you tough nuts?

    • BigolBlue
      3:44 pm January 18, 2019 Permalink

      Thanks Matt

  4. maximumscott
    1:36 pm January 18, 2019 Permalink

    Washington? Lol

  5. Wade
    2:19 pm January 18, 2019 Permalink

    Washington!big fish in a lil pond! Hope we get him! I think he’s the best big in the class!

  6. bwise
    2:37 pm January 18, 2019 Permalink

    Have fun with quade being irrelevant lol

  7. Irish son
    3:31 pm January 18, 2019 Permalink

    Bye kid, we hardly knew ya…

  8. binarysolo
    3:36 pm January 18, 2019 Permalink

    Man that Cuse ass’t coach really must leave a big impression on these kids.

    • Rixter
      4:03 pm January 18, 2019 Permalink

      Seems to me when a school suddenly jumps in from nowhere and starts recruiting with the big boys, might be time for the NCAA to start snooping around campus a little.

  9. KYjellyRoll
    5:47 pm January 18, 2019 Permalink

    No one even cares if schools pay these kids. They haven’t punished anyone yet. Nor will they

  10. CahillsCrossingNT
    7:05 pm January 18, 2019 Permalink

    It will probably be Duke.