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Isaiah Stewart ready with less than a day until NBA draft

Isaiah Stewart ready with less than a day until NBA draft

Rich Donnelly
Created: November 17, 2020 10:49 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — A dream will become reality on Wednesday night.  The NBA Draft is Wednesday and all signs point to Rochester's Isaiah Stewart being selected in the 1st round.  This will undoubtedly be a major milestone for Isaiah and it's one that he hopes makes his hometown proud.

“It's been my dream, it's been my dream for so long since I was a young kid," says Isaiah Stewart.

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There were plenty of highlight jams along the way as Isaiah grew up within the game of basketball; he blossomed into a superstar at McQuaid.

"I've been working my whole life for it,” says Isaiah. “Not many people from Rochester make it to where I'm at today, so I want to continue to represent."

And leading up to this moment he's made a point to represent his city with social initiatives like his event Don't Shut up and Dribble in which athletes dribbled basketballs for 8 minutes and 46 seconds in memory of George Floyd.

"One thing I always want to do is give back to my hometown of Rochester, NY, so being there I wanted to do something for the community while I was home."

Helping Isaiah prepare for the NBA is Fairport coach Scott Fitch. The pair connected as part of USA Basketball.

"He's helped me out a lot through this process.  He's a coach, mentoring me some, that's a relationship that I'm glad that I have."

And all of this has led Isaiah to the doorstep of the NBA, where a team will draft him and his basketball journey will continue as a professional.

"Everybody knows what type of person I am on and off the court.  I feel like right away I'll be able to impact the team just by the things I bring and energy, love to play defense and by doing all of the little things it takes to win."

The NBA Draft begins at 8 p.m. Wednesday night and Isaiah Stewart might share the spotlight with 2 other former Section V stars.  Bishop Kearney's Quinton Rose and Greece Athena's Anthony Lamb are also eligible to be drafted.


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