The 2019 Jersey Mike’s Naismith Trophy for High School Player of the Year has been presented to former McQuaid student and basketball star, Isaiah Stewart. He happens to be the first player from the Rochester area to win the award.
The Naismith Prep Player of the Year award was first presented in 1987 to Dennis Scott and Lynne Lorenzen. The trophy, which symbolizes excellence, tradition and prestige, is presented annually to the most outstanding boys’ and girls’ prep basketball player who achieves tremendous on-court success.
Stewart, who transferred out of McQuaid his junior year, has committed to the University of Washington. Currently a senior at La Lumiere School of La Porte, Indiana, he helped lead his team get to the Geico Nationals undefeated. With Stewart’s average 18.1 points and 11.3 rebounds per game, the 28-0 team ranks #1 in USA TODAY High School Sports rankings.
Isaiah Stewart now joins a prestigious list of winners including names like Chris Webber (1991), Jason Kidd (1992), Kobe Bryant (1996), LeBron James (2003), Dwight Howard (2004), Kevin Love (2007), Ben Simmons (2015), and Lonzo Ball (2016).