Rainier Beach senior Hikeem Stewart (above, left) became the first member of Washington’s Class of 2011 and now he’s recruiting for the Huskies and plans to nab good friend Tony Wroten and perhaps Jabari Brown.
In fact, Stewart guaranteed a Final Four appearance if UW lands Wroten.
Stewart, a 6-2 shooting guard rated a three-star recruit by Rivals. com, had been recruited by UCLA, Oregon State, Colorado, Arizona and Arizona State.
He’s rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com and Rivals.com, but received a lot of attention from college scouts this summer when he averaged about 25 points and eight assists with Friends of Hoop AAU team. Stewart played in the same backcourt as Brett KIngma, who also has an offer from Washington.
Stewart has a 3.9 grade-point average while taking all honors classes. King 5 TV aired a nice feature of him last season. He also helped the Vikings to a first-round victory in the 3A state tournament and a 23-5 record.
Stewart is the younger brother of Loderick and Roderick Stewart, who were recruited by Washington, but chose USC at the 11th hour. Hikeem also has a twin brother Kadeem, who aspires to play college basketball.
I spoke with Hikeem Stewart and asked him what he learned about his brothers’ recruitment by the Huskies.
Hikeem said: “You can never go wrong with home.”
He also said, his older brothers told him to pick Washington. Here’s most of that interview, including the part about the guarantee.
(How did this happen?) “I met with coach Romar Sunday, finalized everything and talked to him about the program.”
(What was it about UW that made you choose them?) “I’ve known coach Romar since my brothers were in high school because they were recruited by him and we just kept a good relationship with each other. I’ve been real good friends with him. He’s a good coach, good person and I just felt it was a good situation.”
(How close were you to picking another school?) “It wasn’t that close. UW has always been one of my top choices. Oregon State and Colorado were up there, but UW always had the higher notch.”
(Why did you commit before your visits?) “I was ready to make my decision. I wanted to make my decision before the basketball season, before everything came up. I’m trying to focus on a championship this season and I didn’t want to get sidetracked by anything.”
(How old were you when your brothers were being recruited by UW?) “I was in middle school.)
(What did you learn from their experience?) “You can never go wrong with home.”
(Did they give you any advice?) “They said go to UW.”
(Why?) “Because they’re real close with coach Romar. Coach Romar always helped them with stuff on and off the court. They said go to the University of Washington.”
(You’re close with the local guys being recruited by Washington, what’s your take on where they land?) “I’m trying to get Tony Wroten to come with me. That’s my plan. If I get Tony, I guarantee a Final Four.”
(Are you sure want to guarantee?) “Guarantee.”
(What is Wroten telling you about recruiting?) “He’s telling me he wants to play (at Washington). He said it’s one of his top schools. It’s UW, Kentucky and Villanova. But I think I can talk him into doing it.”
(Who else may join this 2011 class?) “I heard Angelo Chol is one of the top centers in my class. I’m going to try to get Tone and Jabari Brown. If we get those guys, it would be real nice.”