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Washington Huskies land five-star basketball recruit

Jan. 20, 2019 Updated Sun., Jan. 20, 2019 at 6:37 p.m.

By Percy Allen Seattle Times

Isaiah Stewart, the Huskies’ top 2019 recruiting target, is going to play at Washington next season.

Stewart, a 6-foot-9, 245-pound forward from Rochester, New York, made the announcement Sunday night on ESPN.

He chose UW over Duke, Michigan State, Kentucky and Syracuse.

Landing the five-star prospect, who is the No. 5 overall recruit in the country by ESPN, is a huge recruiting coup for the Huskies and coach Mike Hopkins.

“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, Indiana.

“I’m a big relationship guy, and relationships played a major role in my recruitment. He’s a coach that I trust to push me hard and help me accomplish my goals.

“I’m looking forward to going there, winning games, being a sponge and soaking up everything and just working my hardest.”

Stewart, a projected top-10 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, would likely play just one season at Washington.

Last year, Stewart averaged 18 points and 11.1 rebounds for the Albany City Rocks on the Nike EYBL circuit, while shooting 57 percent from the field.

Stewart also won a gold medal last summer for USA Basketball with the U17 World Cup team, averaging 11.1 points and 8.4 rebounds in Argentina.

During his second year with the Huskies, Hopkins, the longtime Syracuse assistant, has landed three New York-area prospects, including Nahziah Carter and Hameir Wright.

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