Washington basketball just landed a major recruiting coup in the form of five-star center Isaiah Stewart, one of the top prospects in the 2019 class.
Stewart announced his commitment live on ESPN. His recruitment had been trending toward UW for a while now, and the Huskies had to beat out college basketball royalty to land the 6-foot-9 big man from La Lumiere School in Indiana.
Stewart committed to the Washington over Duke, Kentucky, Michigan State and Syracuse.
Washington head coach Mike Hopkins had recruited Stewart for years, starting when he was still an assistant coach at Syracuse. Now in the Pacific Northwest, Hopkins reeled in the prized recruit.
He might not be done either. Washington is firmly in the mix for another five-star, Jaden McDaniels. McDaniels is the top power forward in the 2019 class and a Federal Way (Wash.) native.
Stewart is the No. 3 center and No. 6 overall player in the 2019 class, according to 247Sports' Composite Rankings.
Back in September, 247Sports' Brian Snow compared Stewart to former Kansas and Portland Trail Blazers big man Cliff Alexander. While Alexander went undrafted in 2015, Stewart is projected to be a first-round pick in the NBA down the road.