Parker Stewart opts to stay with IU basketball

Report from Indy Star’s Zach Osterman:

Grad transfer guard Parker Stewart announced via social media Wednesday night his intention to withdraw from the transfer portal and remain at IU.

Stewart was one of five Hoosiers in the portal. His return provides new coach Mike Woodson a major roster boost early in his tenure.

A native of Union City, Tenn., Stewart began his career as a sharpshooting freshman at Pitt, where he averaged 9.1 points per game and 38.6% from behind the 3-point line. After transferring to UT Martin to play for his father, Anthony, Stewart sat out a year before establishing himself as one of the most prolific on-ball scorers at the mid-major level in 2019-20. He averaged 19.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game for the Skyhawks.

Stewart elected to transfer following the unexpected death of his father late last year. He arrived between the fall and spring semesters, and had not yet suited up for the Hoosiers. Instead, he worked to improve his game in practice and settle into his new program. He will have two years of eligibility remaining.

“IU gave me a home when I needed it the most after the passing of my father,” Stewart wrote in a message posted to Twitter, “and I look forward and putting on my jersey at this prestigious university. Go Hoosiers!”

Wednesday’s announcement came one week after Stewart elected to enter the transfer portal, amid the uncertainty of IU’s coaching change and ongoing search. In total, he was one of six Hoosiers to enter the portal. Al Durham, a senior guard, has since announced his decision to transfer and use his final year of eligibility at Providence.

Four Hoosiers — Armaan Franklin, Khristian Lander, Race Thompson and Jordan Geronimo — remain in the portal as of writing Wednesday night.

Stewart’s return will be a boost not just to IU’s backcourt rotation, but also for new coach Mike Woodson, as Woodson himself settles into Bloomington.

Woodson has already assured both 2021 signee Logan Duncomb, a center from Cincinnati Moeller, and 2022 commit C.J. Gunn, a guard from Lawrence North, plan to remain with the Hoosiers going forward. Stewart’s decision hands Woodson a major win for next year’s roster, in the form of a volume-scoring guard whose development could alleviate Durham’s departure, as well as other potential losses, should Hoosiers still in the portal elect to transfer away.

18 comments

  1. A little off topic but is there going to be an update on the now first place IU baseball team. Even a softball update would be nice too.

  2. It was unlikely that Stewart would transfer from IU. He’s already transferred twice. But I’m pleased that it is final. Transferring can’t be easy with all the other things that have gone on in his life. He’s needs stability. Now I hope he will experience how the Hoosier Nation can wrap their collective arms around him and truly make him feel at home.

    Now we need the other four to re-commit to IU BB. I can’t imagine why any of them wouldn’t. Arguably, they have a better coach who has already expressed his strong desire to keep them on the team and help them develop into the best players they can become. But if one or two decide to depart, I’ll bet Woody is poised to replace them with a transfer. The ball’s in your court guys!

  3. Good deal. I hope Woodson rocks it with keeping portal-entered players and filling in with some solid transfers. I can’t believe AM left IU with 2 open scholarships for next year. Outside of Mr. Basketball and a few other players, he sure didn’t cut it as a recruiter. But enough! A new day has dawned. GO HOOSIERS!!

  4. Ummmm, so AP named Juwan Howard National Coach of the Year.

    Mark Few might coach the first undefeated team in 45 years.

    Why do so many sports writers suck?

    1. Great question, DD. I’ don’t have the answer, but maybe its connected to how every element of our society has been affected by hyper-politics over the last year.

      1. I wonder what “hyper-politics” would make the voters of ‘Coach of the Year’ favor Howard over Few?

        In my opinion, Kelvin Sampson deserved the reward the most. He’s completely resurrected Houston Cougar Basketball. .848 win percentage over last three seasons. Sweet Sixteen two years ago. In 2019-20 season, had what most believed a team with a great shot to go deep into March Madness last season. Ranked as high as #5 this year. Now making a Final Four trip after three successive great seasons. First Final Four trip for Houston Basketball since 1984. If that doesn’t warrant ‘Coach of the Year,’ what does?

        Don’t hand the trophy to Gonzaga just yet…Championship games are often the most ugly and choppy contests of the entire tournament. They’ll likely obliterate the Bruins…but Monday night could be a different story.

        1. No one is handing Gonzaga anything. Today, when the award came out, his team was undefeated. Blasted everyone they’ve played all year.

          COY and it isn’t even close.

          1. Maybe so, DD. Maybe they simply thought a coach having such early success deserved the recognition. I do believe it’s rather unprecedented….considering power conference dominance during the regular season as well.

            I know you’ve made note of believing it’s time for Knight’s ’76 team to finally see the record fall. That’s fine, too. Some of us were around in ’76. How lucky to be part of the chosen ‘few’ to witness a record stand so long….and then see it happen again?

            Phew….Glad that’s over.

            GO COUGARS!! Everyone wants Gonzaga vs. Baylor, so, once again, you have the world cheering against you, Kelvin.

      2. Journalists have sucked for 5 decades +. We used to get news, scores and headlines producing facts of the day. Now we get distorted biased opinions. Something they were never charged to serve up or asked to give. They no longer get much attention and support from me. I haven’t watched CNN or Sportcenter since the 80’s. Gag & puke.

    2. Agree…That’s weird. Seems like the award should happen at the conclusion of the season.
      Then again, is the award simply looking at overall performance…or what was accomplished via other,potentially, influencing factors?

      Getting to an Elite Eight was accomplished in spite of Michigan losing one of their best talents in Livers. I find it strange how little most television analysts/broadcasters have not made a larger point in reminding us of such a small detail. “Conference of Champions” (courtesy: Bill Walton) and UCLA won against a very altered Michigan team than the one ripping it up during the regular season.

  5. Just a comment on the “Coaching Carousel”— Chris Beard leaves Texas Tech, and Kirby Hocutt (Texas Tech’s AD ) explains his terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Beard to Texas.

  6. In today’s Herald Times, veteran sportswriter Jeremy Price addresses the age-old question…

    Why do so many sportswriters suck?

    Tune into to today’s HSR podcast as Jeremy takes an intense look into why his profession sucks, how it sucks, where it sucks and who’s responsible for it sucking so much.
    Guests will include Mark Suckerberg , the CEO of Hoover vacuum cleaners, ex-Hoosier Verdell Jones III and former “About HT” member, Hugh “Let the Dogs Out” Kellenberger.

    The final five minutes of today’s 2-hour podcast will be dedicated to a sucky discussion of dropping “One Shining Moment” to conclude another season of March Madness in favor of a montage of Gonzaga’s Mark Few played to the following:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uaPs8sxqB0

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