Ole Miss football gets a lot of the crootin’ attention, but Andy Kennedy and company have been on the trail all summer, and on Friday his efforts finally paid off. Three-star Parker Stewart, the No. 47 shooting guard in the country by 247Sports, has verbally committed to the Rebels.
Stewart, the son of UT-Martin head coach Anthony Stewart, had a top seven of Ole Miss, Butler, Georgetown, Kansas State, LSU, Nebraska and Wyoming before making the decision to end his recruitment. The 6’5, 185-pound guard also holds additional offers from Florida, Georgia Tech, Memphis, Missouri and Wisconsin. Stewart is the first member of the Basketbears’ 2017 class since J.J. Smith and Tirus Smith de-committed.
How does he fit in?
Parker is a very skilled combo guard who could very well be the next great point guard to thrive in Kennedy’s system. He is at his best as a wing or shooting guard much like Marshall Henderson was. But, he is also a very good passer and could project as a point guard like former Rebs Chris Warren and Stefan Moody.
He is serviceable when putting the ball on the floor and driving to the hoop, utilizing his length to beat defenders. However, I think Stewart is better catching and shooting or coming off screens. His overall skill set and basketball IQ make him a very good prospect that should contribute immediately upon arrival in Oxford.
Ole Miss returns senior Rasheed Brooks, junior Deandre Burnett and graduate transfer Cullen Neal this year, so AK’s backcourt stable continues to bustle.