Five-star center Isaiah Stewart verbally committed to Washington on Sunday evening, choosing the Huskies over fellow finalists Duke, Michigan State, Syracuse and Kentucky.
Stewart (6-9, 245) made the announcement during halftime a game between IMG Academy and Oak Hill Academy, which was broadcast on ESPN.
When Hopkins was still an assistant at Syracuse, he was the main recruiter for Stewart.
“Me and Coach Hopkins go way back from when I was a freshman,” Stewart said during Sunday’s broadcast. “I’m a big relationship guy. Relationship plays a major role in my recruitment. He’s a coach I trust to push me harder and help me accomplish my goals.”
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When Hopkins took the head coaching job with the Huskies, Stewart said it showed he wanted to “start his own legacy.” That mindset appealed to Stewart.
“That’s the kind of player I am,” Stewart said. “I’m a different type of player. I take my own path. I like to work hard and prove people wrong.”
Stewart is from Rochester, N.Y. and plays for La Lumiere in Indiana. He’s considered the the No. 3 center in the country and the No. 6 recruit in his class by 247Sports.com.
Stewart is the highest-ranked prospect Hopkins has landed in his time with the Huskies. He joins four-star guard RaeQuan Battle (Marysville, Wa.) and three-star guard Marcus Tsohonis (Portland, Ore.) in the Class of 2019.
The NCAA signing period begins April 17.