As A.J. Stewart went about his business on Thursday afternoon, he certainly didn't expect to be fielding questions about his college future.
Shortly after finding out the news of Tubby Smith's decision to leave Kentucky to accept the Minnesota head coach position, the calls came asking about Stewart's future.
Stewart, who signed early with the Wildcats, said he was not surprised that Smith was leaving. However, Stewart was shocked about the destination and the timing.
"I kind of figured something would happen because I had been hearing a lot of different things," Stewart said, "but I didn't think he'd be going to Minnesota."
Stewart said he has yet to hear from anyone with Kentucky. That doesn't change his decision to stick with the SEC school.
"As far as I know, I signed my letter of intent with Kentucky," Stewart said. "Coach Smith was one of the reasons why I picked them, but I want to go to Kentucky. I know Coach Smith has to do what is best for him and his family. I understand that."
Stewart and Virginia center Mike Williams are the only two players that signed with Kentucky in the fall.
Kentucky is also strongly involved with recruits Patrick Patterson and Jai Lucas.