UT-Martin’s Parker Stewart commits to IU as grad transfer

Report from Indy Star’s Zach Osterman:

High-scoring graduate transfer Parker Stewart committed to IU basketball on Tuesday, handing the Hoosiers’ guard rotation a major boost going forward. 

Stewart picked the Hoosiers over Arkansas, Kansas State and Memphis. 

The 6-5 guard from Tennessee originally began his career at Pitt, where he averaged 9.1 points and 3.3 rebounds per game as a freshman in 2017-18. Stewart short 38.6% from 3-point range for the Panthers in his lone season in the ACC. 

He then transferred to UT-Martin, in the Ohio Valley Conference, where he sat a year before budding into one of the most explosive scorers in the country last season. Playing for his father, Anthony, Stewart averaged 19.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.8 points per game. He scored 21 or more points in 12 of his 25 games as a junior. 

Anthony Stewart passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 15. 

Stewart has graduated from UT-Martin and is thus eligible for a grad transfer exception. It’s unclear at present he will be immediately eligible or will need to wait for the 2021-22 season.

10 comments

  1. What a tragic loss for this young man and his family. I hope the Hoosier Nation will wrap their collective arms around this young man and that the change of venue will help him through his grieving process. And I hope he continues to build on the success he achieved while playing for his father.

    I’m guessing that regardless of whether he’s immediately eligible or not, he has two seasons of eligibility remaining?

  2. I just watched his highlights on YouTube and had the thought that he’s in for a treat the first time he get’s to play in front of a packed house in Assembly Hall. I doubt he’s ever played in such an environment, even while at Pitt.

  3. Perfect addition. We needed an experienced true scorer…Sounds like just what the doctor ordered. Hopefully, he is granted immediate eligibility. If granted immediate eligibility, we just filled a massive void and became a much more dangerous team.

  4. Playing for his dad is great company…Alford HS, Maravich, Shepherds HS, Allen in IU football are among them…though sometimes the hardships are not eliminated. But the successful ones usually have a coaches mentality on the floor for whatever role/s they may be assigned. In this case this is a best case scenario for both, IU basketball and player Parker Stewart = Win Win. Immediate eligibility should be a no brainer.
    (Of course those in decision making authority are highly paid but often demonstrate decision making abilities that don’t even rise to the level of minimum wage decision making ability).

  5. I just read that Stewart has both an undergraduate degree and an MBA. Wow, to do that in three years is impressive for any student, let alone a varsity athlete. Makes me wonder what he’s going to study at IU? Is he going for his law degree or another Masters?

    Also, I read that he has not determined if he’s going to play this season or wait til next season to play for IU.

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