HIGHLY TOUTED TRANSFER PARKER STEWART SIGNS TO PLAY FOR HIS FATHER AT UT MARTIN
May 14, 2018
MARTIN, Tenn. – Parker Stewart, who emerged as one of the brightest young men’s basketball stars in the Atlantic Coast Conference last season at the University of Pittsburgh, is furthering his career at the University of Tennessee at Martin.
Stewart, whose father Anthony just wrapped up his second season as the head coach of the Skyhawk men’s basketball program, will sit out the 2018-19 season due to NCAA transfer rules. The 6-5, 205-pound shooting guard will be eligible as a sophomore at UT Martin in 2019-20.
“Anytime you can get a player of Parker’s character and ability, it automatically injects excitement to our program,” Anthony Stewart said. “I’m elated for our program, university and community that Parker chose us with so many options on the table. Being Parker’s father gives me the unique and special opportunity to help him reach his dreams and goals as a Skyhawk.”
Stewart ranked second in the ACC in three-point field goal percentage (.425) in conference play, knocking down 2.7 trifectas per contest (fifth-best mark in the league). He ranked second on Pitt’s squad in scoring in ACC play at 10.8 points per game while playing in all 32 games with 20 starts in 2017-18.
Overall, Stewart averaged 9.1 points per game while sinking 38.6 percent of his three-point attempts (71-for-184). He also shot an even 80 percent (40-of-50) from the free throw line and hauled in 3.3 rebounds over 26.2 minutes per contest. He set a new school record for most three-pointers by a freshman (71), which was only three shy of ranking in the program’s top-10 list for most treys in a single season.
Stewart tallied 16 double-digit scoring performances during his freshman season, including a 23-point outburst at Syracuse on Jan. 16. In that game, he drilled seven trifectas – which ranks as the sixth-most by a freshman in the ACC’s storied history – against an Orange squad that made the Sweet 16 round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament.
Stewart piled up multiple three-pointers in 20 games in 2017-18, including 10 of the final 11 games of the season. He led the team in scoring on six different occasions and also paced the Panthers in rebounding seven times, including a career-best 10 rebounds at nationally ranked North Carolina on Feb. 3.
In addition, Stewart was one of only 30 players to make the 2018 All-ACC Academic Men’s Basketball Team.
Stewart’s successful collegiate debut followed a standout career at Union City High School, where he prepped under head coach Shane Sisco. Stewart helped the Golden Tornadoes to an 81-25 record in his three-year tenure, including a 42-6 slate against district opponents.
As a senior, Stewart averaged 27.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals per contest. He was named a TSSAA Division-I Class A Player of the Year finalist while also garnering Class A all-state and district MVP honors.
Stewart collected 21.0 points per game while shooting 51 percent from the floor and 39 percent from beyond the three-point arc as a junior, helping UCHS win the District 13-A championship. He also helped the Golden Tornadoes to a 34-4 record, a Class A state championship game appearance and another district title as a freshman in 2014-15.
On the AAU circuit, Stewart won a national championship with King James Elite after his freshman season at Pickerington Central High School in Ohio. He also played with Team Penny in the prestigious 2016 Nike Peach Jam, helping the squad go 14-2 on the Nike EYBL circuit.
Stewart joins Quinton Dove (Cleveland, Ohio/Cuyahoga Community College), Derek Hawthorne, Jr. (Indianapolis, Ind./John A. Logan College) and Charles Henderson (Houston, Texas/Trinidad State Junior College) in UT Martin’s 2018-19 incoming recruiting class.