July 7, 2008

Stewart is keeping an open mind

The state of Georgia is blessed with some of the best basketball talent in the country. What they also have is depth, which allows them to spread out amongst multiple summer teams and be competitive with the best teams from all over. One of the stars of the Worldwide Renegades Orange Team is Ari Stewart.

The Renegades are loaded with high major prospects like four-star point guard Mfon Udofia and four-star power forward Richard Howell. These teams can go 12 deep with Division I talent.

One player on this team is still on UGA's radar, and that is Stewart. The wing player is good at shooting and playing without the ball, and he has been working hard to improve himself before his senior season.

"I feel like my game has come a long way. I can do a lot more than I could this time last year," said Stewart. "On the offensive end, I have become a more complete scorer, and I also have become a better and more accurate defender."

Since we last talked to the Wheeler High School prospect, he has mentioned schools like Virginia, Oregon, Wake Forest, and Miami. But the Georgia Bulldogs have not been listed as a favorite. Has he eliminated UGA, or has the in state school cut ties with him?

"No, they are still recruiting me pretty hard. They were at my school before we let out for summer, letting me know where they stand."

"I just have visited them several times and now I am taking the chance to visit places I have never seen. With Georgia, I have seen them so many times, I can go there easily."

Will his familiarity with the Bulldogs hurt their chances to land the Rivals 150 wing?

"I am still early in the process, so I have not even trimmed my list up yet," he noted. "I don't know when I will even be doing that, but I am still into them."

He has been working hard to improve his game, playing in as many tournaments and camps as he can. It has been very convenient for him in recruiting, as he has camped at multiple schools he is interested in. It remains to be seen how interested he is with the Bulldogs, but the talented Marietta player is worth fighting for.

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