Richard Davenport covers recruiting for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He is the host of Recruiting Thursday, a weekly radio show that airs from 7 to 8 p.m. on 92.1 FM in Fayetteville; 93.7 FM in Little Rock; 95.3 FM in Fort Smith; 96.3 FM in Hot Springs; 104.3 FM in Harrison/Mountain Home; and 106.9 FM in Arkadelphia.
The Recruiting Guy:
Hog assistant building relationship with ESPN top 30 prospect
2020 guard D.J. Steward.
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — Highly recruited shooting guard D.J. Steward likes what he’s hearing from Arkansas assistant Corey Williams.
“It’s getting pretty good,” Steward said. “We’ve been catching up a lot and just getting to know each other and just building a relationship in order to just see how the vibe is with each other and see what they have in place for me as well.”
He admits he doesn’t know a lot about Arkansas.
“But that’s what the relationship is for, is getting to know him and the program,” Steward said.
Steward, 6-4, 170 pounds of Chicago Whitney Young High School, was averaging 24.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.5 steals a game in Nike EYBL action for Meanstreets.
He said the Hogs have been telling him he could be a key part of the program.
“They’ve been talking to me a lot saying I could come in there and play right away and help and make the program a lot better and make a run for a championship,” Steward said.
Steward, who’s shooting 51% from the field and 41% from beyond the three-point line, has 20 plus offers that include Arkansas, Texas, Arizona, Louisville, Iowa, Florida, Notre Dame. ESPN rates him a 4-star prospect, No. 9 shooting guard and No. 27 overall nationally.
It appears a visit to Fayetteville is a possibility.
“Probably, I’ll probably decide that after Peach Jam for sure,” Steward said.
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