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January 17, 2014 at 7:52 AM

Morning links: Hikeem Stewart transfers to Kentucky Wesleyan

Former Washington guard Hikeem Stewart has enrolled at Kentucky Wesleyan and will play his senior 2014-15 season with the Panthers. “We are fortunate to add a quality student-athlete like Hikeem to our team,” KWU coach Happy Osborne said. “He does a lot of things very well due to his versatility and athletic ability at both…

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November 25, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Hikeem Stewart leaving Washington

ashington's Hikeem Stewart reacts after being fouled by a Western Washington player in the first half of an exhibition NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Washington’s Hikeem Stewart reacts after being fouled by a Western Washington player in the first half of an exhibition NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

UPDATED: 8:23 P.M.

Already thin in the front court, Washington’s backcourt depth will now be tested after the school announced junior guard Hikeem Stewart is leaving the team.

“Hikeem is a great young man that I’ve enjoyed coaching and being around as much as any player that’s played for the Huskies ,” coach Lorenzo Romar said in a statement released by the school. “We hate to see him leave, but I am fully supportive of his decision, and will sincerely support him in whatever direction he goes.”

Washington granted Stewart a full release and he can transfer to any school without restrictions.

The 6-2 guard helped Rainier Beach High to a 3A state title as a junior in 2010. As a senior, he was rated a four-star recruit by ESPN (Scout and Rivals gave him three stars), who had scholarship offers from UCLA, Oregon State, Colorado, Arizona and Arizona State. He was Washington’s first commitment in 2011.

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September 10, 2013 at 8:36 AM

Hikeem Stewart: “It’s now or never for me”

Had a chance to catch up with Hikeem Stewart weeks ago when he was playing at the Northwest Collegiate Summer League.

The third-year junior is making the transition from standout shooting guard at Rainier Beach High to Husky point guard. Adapting to the new position hasn’t been easy.

Stewart played in 17 games as a freshman as a reserve and 11 points and six assists for the season. As a sophomore, Stewart averaged more minutes (8.1 from 5.1), but he appeared in just 16 games and he finished with eight points, nine assists, six steals and seven turnovers for the season.

Stewart described the 2013-14 season as a make-or-break year for him. There’s plenty of contenders at point guard including Andrew Andrews, UW’s second leading returning scorer, All-American high school star Nigel Williams Goss and incoming freshman Jahmel Taylor.

Stewart said he has no regrets about choosing to play at Washington and talked about disproving his naysayers. He believes the Huskies will return to the NCAA tournament after a two-year absence. He also raved about incoming freshman Darin Johnson and senior forward/center Perris Blackwell.

Here’s the interview.

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