Duke Basketball: Isaiah Stewart trims list to six, keeps Blue Devils

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Duke basketball prospect Isaiah Stewart announced the six schools that he is still considering via a tweet on Friday night, and the Blue Devils stayed in the hunt.

Although five-star C Isaiah Stewart may have tested the bedtimes of aging Duke basketball fans who closely follow every move of any potential Blue Devil, he did stay true to his promise to cut his list of potential schools down to six on Friday (albeit the tweet wasn’t posted until just more than an hour before midnight on the East Coast).

Fortunately for those devoted Duke fans who did stay up, the news allowed them to fall asleep dreaming of another dominant big man potentially coming to Durham.

Stewart is an imposing beast in the paint whose frame resembles a taller version of former Duke basketball player Justise Winslow (not to mention it appears as if the two guys share the same barber).

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In addition to Duke, the 6-foot-9, 245-pound high school senior is still considering Villanova, Syracuse, Michigan St., Indiana, and Washington. The four schools that failed to make the cut are Notre Dame, Texas, Louisville, and Georgetown.

While the Rochester, N.Y., native has not provided an exact date for naming the ultimate winner in the battle for his commitment — or if he will trim his list again before his final decision — he did mention earlier in the summer that he would like to make up his mind before the start of his senior season in a couple months.

As of right now, the Blue Devils are still waiting for a recruit to step forward and become the first to join the 2019 class. Stewart and five-star point guard Josiah James seem to be the two Duke prospects closest to giving a verbal commitment.

Stewart is considered the fifth-best overall player and second-best true center in the class of 2019, according to the composite ranking at 247 Sports. The Crystal Ball at 247 Sports currently gives the Duke basketball program a 91 percent chance to land the coveted center.

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