By PAUL GOTHAM
Current University of Washington freshman and former McQuaid Jesuit star Isaiah Stewart was named to the 2020 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award Watch List as announced by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Stewart played two years at McQuaid. As a freshman, he averaged 18 points with 12 rebounds and three blocked shots per game for the Jesuit Knights. He missed more than half of his sophomore season due to injury.
Stewart transferred to La Lumiere for his junior and senior seasons. He helped the Indiana prep school to a 30-1 record and a spot in the Geico National Championship game in 2019.
A five-star recruit, Stewart appeared in the 2019 McDonald’s All American game as well as the Jordan Brand Classic. The 6-foot-9 freshman also played with the USA Junior National Team, coached by Fairport’s Scott Fitch, in the 2019 Nike Hoop Summit.
Stewart will join former Section V and Bishop Kearney star Nahziah Carter on the Huskies’ lineup.
Named after the UCLA star and NBA Hall of Famer, the Jabbar Award honors the best center in college basketball. Previous winners include Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ, Seton Hall’s Angel Delgado, Przemek Kanowski from Gonzaga (2017) as well as Utah’s Jakob Poeltl and Frank Kaminsky, of Wisconsin. For the complete preseason list and a list of former winners click here.
Greece Athena’s Anthony Lamb was named to the preseason list for the 2020 Julius Erving Award honoring the nation’s top small forward.