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Kansas State makes recruiting cut for Pittsburgh basketball transfer Parker Stewart

Pittsburgh guard Parker Stewart defends Georgia Tech guard Josh Okogie during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh guard Parker Stewart defends Georgia Tech guard Josh Okogie during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Pittsburgh. AP

One of Bruce Weber’s top recruiting targets of the spring trimmed his list of finalists down to two schools on Wednesday, and Kansas State made the cut.

Parker Stewart, a freshman guard transfer from Pittsburgh, is now considering K-State and Tennessee-Martin, according to reports from Rivals and college basketball writer Jon Rothstein.

Stewart was previously also looking at Maryland and Oregon.

Last season, Stewart was a regular contributor at Pittsburgh. He averaged 9.1 points and 3.3 rebounds while making 38.3 percent of his three-pointers in ACC games. But he decided to transfer after the Panthers fired coach Kevin Stallings and replaced him with Jeff Capel.

Weber has made Stewart a priority on the recruiting trail this spring. With K-State expected to return its entire starting lineup and the bulk of its rotation from a team that won 25 games and advanced to the Elite Eight, he has said he wants to add a transfer with the Wildcats’ final remaining scholarship.

“We would like to get a transfer,” Weber recently told The Eagle. “With everybody returning and the additions of Austin (Trice) and Shaun (Williams), we want a transfer who can give us experience a year from now, someone who can practice against us next season and then be ready to help. That is at the top of our wish list.”

K-State would appear to have an advantage over Tennessee-Martin in most recruiting battles, but this is a special situation.

Stewart’s father, Anthony, is the basketball coach at Tennessee-Martin. He is entering his third season with the Skyhawks after guiding them to a 32-34 record in his first two years on the job.

Parker Stewart could help either K-State or Tennessee-Martin during the 2019-20 season after he sits out the upcoming year in accordance with NCAA transfer rules. After sitting one season, he will have three years of eligibility remaining at his new school.

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