Both the Seattle Times and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer are reporting that Lodrick and Rodrick Stewart have limited their potential future school to Washington and Southern Cal and plan to announce their decision in early August. The 6-5 shooting guards from Rainier Beach High School in Seattle will go as a package deal and intend to leave college before their eligibility has been completely used.
The twins father told Post-Intelligencer reporter Jim Moore that he's more comfortable with USC. "(Lorenzo) Romar came in late," Bull Stewart said. "We've talked and I really respect the guy. The U-Dub (sic) has good people, but it's a rebuilding program and new system. You have to be afraid of change like that." (Mr. Stewart was referring to 'U-Wa'.)
The family is "... emphatic about finding a program not too far from home." Mr. Stewart told Times reporter Sandy Ringer, "I don't want to have to fly eight hours to watch them play."
Washington State is one western school that has a chance according to Mt. Stewart who told Moore, "I love coach (Paul) Graham. He's a swell guy. I'd love for my boys to go there. We're not ruling out Washington State."
Other schools that had been recruiting the Stewarts include Auburn, Kentucky, Louisville, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Oklahoma State, Tennessee, Texas and Wake Forest.
The twins are headed to the adidas Big Time Tournament in Las Vegas with the Friends of Hoops squad followed by the Last Chance Tournament in Los Angeles.
Ringer also reported that Rainier Beach is bolstering its roster as the Vikings prepare to defend their Class 3A championship crown. Josh Love, a 6-7 power forward who played at 3-17 Auburn HS will be completing his prep career at Rainier Beach. Love led Auburn in scoring as a junior (9.6 points per game) and field-goal percentage (53.7) and was second in rebounding (6.2). He and his mother moved into an apartment near the South Seattle school, according to Dan Jurdy, Rainier Beach athletic director.
Rising junior 6-10 center Chester "C.J." Giles will be able to play this season after sitting out his sophomore year because of state transfer rules. And another Stewart will be on the bench. The twins cousin, Jarvis Stewart, a 6-6 rising sophomore has moved to the Rainier Beach area from Mississippi.