DRAFT TRADE: Traded to Houston Rockets along with Trevor Ariza and a conditional first-round pick in exchange for Robert Covington
DRAFT TRADE: Traded to Detroit Pistons from Houston Rockets
About Isaiah Stewart
Isaiah Stewart is a tough, physical center with excellent length coming off a productive year as one of the most efficient scorers in the Pac-12. An early bloomer in terms of size, Stewart had a terrific showing at the 2018 FIBA U17 World Championship averaging 11.1 points and 8.4 rebounds over 18 minutes per game for the United States team that cruised to a gold medal. Widely regarded as one of the top-8 prospects in the high school class of 2019, he made appearances at the McDonald’s All-American Game, Jordan Brand Classic, and Nike Hoop Summit following his senior year at La Lumiere School (IN).
The Rochester, New York native faced lofty expectations as he headed to Washington to play for Head Coach Mike Hopkins. Averaging 17 points and 8.8 rebounds per game, Stewart earned All-Pac-12 1st Team honors steadily carrying the Huskies as their most consistent weapon while showing budding ability as a perimeter shooter.
- An imposing 6-foot-9 center with an intimidating 250-pound frame, wide shoulders, and a massive 7-foot-4 wingspan, Stewart certainly looks the part of an NBA big man. A powerful athlete who is more comfortable moving bodies inside than sliding on the perimeter, he competes with steady energy and physicality.
- Playing a significant role as the Huskies’ focal point inside, Stewart did the majority of his scoring creating one-on-one in the post, but also contributed with his effort level changing ends and crashing the glass. Scoring with impressive efficiency, his ability to finish and create contact made him one of the more productive freshman scorers at the power conference level last season. A rock solid, traditional big man, he flashed promising jump shooting ability that adds some intrigue to his offensive game.
- Playing in the center of Washington’s zone, Stewart founds some success as an area rebounder and shot blocker as his effort level was a plus with the way he could let the action come to him.
- Possessing excellent length, Stewart can protect the rim when he can keep the action in front of him and rebounds his area with nice toughness. He allowed 0.825 points per post up possession [49th percentile] but did a better job contesting shots inside one-on-one than those marks indicate.
- Not especially agile guarding away from the rim, Stewart was able to play to his strengths more often than not in Washington’s zone.
- 2019-20 All-Pac-12 First Team and All-Freshman Team choice.
- Top-10 candidate for the 2019-20 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award, recognizing the nation’s top center.
- Selected for the midseason 2019-20 National Player of the Year watch lists by the Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy.
- Helped the U.S. win gold at the 2018 FIBA U-17 Basketball World Cup.
- Pac-12's leading freshman scorer and rebounder, averaging 17.0 points and 8.8 rebounds.
- Ranked third in the Pac-12 in rebounds and blocks (2.06 bpg), fifth in field goal percentage (57.0) and seventh in scoring.
- Led the Pac-12 in free throws made (154) and was third in free throws attempted (199).
- Set UW freshman records for rebounds (281) and blocks (66).
- Posted six games with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds.
- Finished the season with a 29-point, 12-rebound performance vs. Arizona in the Pac-12 Tournament (March 9).
- 2018-19 Naismith High School National Player of the Year.
- 2018-19 McDonald’s and Jordan Brand All-American.
- Long and powerful big man with a chiseled frame.
- Very mobile for his size.
- Relentless offensive rebounder.
- Gets to the free throw line a lot and shoots a good percentage.
- His assistant coach at La Lumiere School was former NBA guard Jaren Jackson, whose son, Jaren Jr, plays for the Memphis Grizzlies.
“You got a person like [my father] who works jackhammers and beats his body up, and all I have to do is go out on the court and play my hardest, play my heart out and make shots and give my team energy. That’s not hard to do at all. I can do that forever. That’s something I will never lose is my work ethic and my chip on my shoulder and my energy.”
- Stewart, on learning from his father’s work ethic