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.