April 22, 2009

Stewart getting interest from Iowa

For high school basketball players, getting exposure to the highest level of competition is always important in AAU basketball and that is why Donivine Stewart is making the long drive from Peoria, IL to play with the All Iowa Attack this summer. The switch this spring seems to be paying off for the 2011 point guard as his level of interest from college programs continues to grow.

"It is a long drive, but it is worth it," Stewart said. "I think it was a real good move for me. I like the team a lot and Coach Sullivan will really make me a better player and a better person. It is a better situation for me and it will provide more exposure."

Last summer, Stewart played with Team Illinois and Peoria Carver, but by moving to the All Iowa Attack, he gets the opportunity to play with one of the top prospects in the country in Harrison Barnes.

"I like playing with him a lot. It's great playing with a guy who is going to be a great player on the college level. That will help me get better. I love running the point with him," he said.

This past season, Stewart continued scoring plenty of points for Limestone High School, averaging 24 points and dishing out six assists a game. Based off his performance this past year, the list of schools that are showing interest continues to grow.

"I have been hearing from Ohio State, Minnesota, Iowa, Xavier, Missouri, Kentucky, and West Virginia. It seems like I have been hearing from more schools lately," said the 6-foot point guard.

One school that he hasn't heard from in recent months is Illinois, who extended an early scholarship offer. Stewart says that they haven't been in contact for a while after receiving a commitment from another in-state point guard in 2011.

After making a couple of visits to the University of Iowa last fall, he continues to have regular contact with Iowa assistant LaVall Jordan, who is his primary recruiter for the Hawkeyes.

"I have talked to them quite a bit and I have called there as well. They seem to be real interested in getting to know me better and I want to continue to learn more about their program. I went there in the fall for a couple of football games and liked the campus."

Stewart's spring and summer plans include continuing to play for the Attack and also attended a couple of college elite camps in June. He has also been invited to an Adidas Camp in San Diego this summer.

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