Indiana is adding a graduate transfer to its backcourt.
And the best news? He can shoot.
Former UT-Martin guard Parker Stewart announced Tuesday that he is joining Indiana’s program, giving the Hoosiers some much-needed shooting help on the outside. It’s not clear when Stewart will be eligible to play at IU, though ESPN’s Jeff Borzello reports it’s possible that the 36% career 3-point shooter dons a uniform next semester.
I asked Parker Stewart whether he was definitely playing second semester. He responded, "Up in the air." Sources previously indicated it was to be determined whether he would suit up immediately for Indiana. https://t.co/KmezLSoYOp— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) December 15, 2020
Beyond the immediate need he would fill on IU’s roster, it’s nice to see Stewart find what he was looking for. His father, Anthony — the former coach at UT-Martin — died unexpectedly on Nov. 15. In announcing his next move on Tuesday evening, Stewart paid tribute to his father’s memory.
“This is the hardest decision of my life because I feel like I shouldn’t be making it,” Stewart said. “I’m suppose to still be playing with you on the sideline dad. God works in mysterious ways and I’ll never question him or his timing. I tried to think of where you would’ve told me to go now that you aren’t here. And I asked God to talk to you and lead me to where you would want to watch me at from heaven.. Indiana felt right in my heart. You know mom has been working on her PHD online there, and it’s between Tennessee and Ohio where we’re from so I’m close to both. I decided I’m going to wear #45, just like you did. Love you and miss you. Thank you Coach Miller, and my man Coach Hunter for the amazing opportunity and blessing to join this amazing program. Go Hoosiers, I can’t wait to get started.”
The 6-foot-5 guard began his career at Pitt, starting 20 of the 32 games he played during the 2017-18 season and averaging 9.1 points per contest. That season, Stewart ranked second in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a .425 3-point shooting percentage in league play.
After sitting out the 2018-19 season, Stewart authored an explosive debut season in the Ohio Valley Conference. He was the only NCAA Division I player to average at least 19.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.5 3-pointers per game.