Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Kuemper, Stewart Both Go Local With Collegiate Decisions

Posted by CoHoops Paul Seaver

Pac-10 schools Washington and Oregon each received good news from local targets on the 2011 recruiting circuit.

The Washington Huskies received the verbal commitment from 6-foot-3 guard Hikeem Stewart. Rated as the 36th best shooting guard in the class, according to scout.com, Stewart a resident of Seattle, Washington decided to remain home with his collegiate decision.

Stewart had a great summer, turning some heads, and moving up the rankings. He is great shooter in transition and Huskies fans should be thrilled to have him, however they will continue to hold out hope on Tony Wroten Jr., a Washington native himself, who is considered one of the top point guards in the nation.

Stewart chose the Huskies over the likes of Colorado, Oregon State, UNLV, and Washington State.

Oregon, on the other hand, picked up the verbal commitment from big man Austin Kuemper. The 6-foot-9 center is a native of Portland, Oregon and becomes the first member of new Ducks head coach Dana Altman's class of 2011.

Kuemper is considered the 22nd best center in the class, according to scout.com and has a high upside with a nice skill set around the basket. He also considered Iowa State, Oregon State, San Diego State, and Washington State.

The local pick-ups for both Oregon and Washington are key as each of the Pac-10 schools look to stay on top of the talent in the area. Some of the top Northwest talent most recently has included the likes of Terrence Jones and Kyle Wiltjer, members of the class of 2010 and 2011, respectively, both of whom decided to head to Kentucky with their collegiate decisions.

*Photo: Hikeem Stewart *Credit: espn.go.com

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