A few years back, Lodrick and Rodrick Stewart created a stir when they announced that they were going to attend Washington. The problem, though, was that they went on television that night and announced for USC. Undeterred, Lorenzo Romar finally got his Stewart on Monday night when Hikeem Stewart committed to Washington.
Currently ranked the #111 player in the class of 2011, the 6-foot-3 and growing combo guard from Seattle (Wa.) Rainier Beach initially announced his decision via his twitter account. Reached later, Stewart said it was just a matter of finalizing what he'd always felt about the Huskies.
"I was ready to make my decision and be done with it," Stewart told Rivals.com. "They were my favorite from the jump so I decided to finalize it."
According to Stewart, it was his relationship with Romar that sealed the deal.
"He was a real person," said Stewart of Romar. "He didn't promise me anything where a lot of schools tell you what you want to hear. He told me I'm going to have to work for everything. He told me that he thought I was talented but I wouldn't be given anything. I felt where he was coming from because he kept it real with me."
Known for his athleticism and ability to put up big numbers as a scorer, Stewart has the size to play on the wing and the quickness to defend the point. Moving forward, he's looking forward to expanding his skills as a point guard and feels he'll have the chance to do so in Seattle.
"Coach says that he's probably going to use me at the one," said Stewart. "From the jump he thinks I can come in and be an impact player. For me, I know that moving on I'm probably going to have to be able to play the point so that's what I've really been working on."