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.
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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