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Stewart says he’s staying at Indiana

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UT-Martin transfer says he has removed his name from the transfer portal

NCAA Basketball: Wake Forest at Pittsburgh Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Parker Stewart isn’t going anywhere.

Hours after news broke that his main recruiter, Kenya Hunter, will be retained by new Indiana head coach Mike Woodson, the IU guard announced that he has removed his name from the NCAA Transfer Portal.

“IU gave me a home when I needed it the most after the passing of my father,” Stewart wrote in a message posted to Twitter. “and I look forward to staying and putting on my jersey at this prestigious university. Go Hoosiers!”

Stewart’s stay in the portal lasted only one week, with Hunter’s decision to remain in Bloomington surely a major factor in the guard’s final call. His transfer from UT-Martin in December came weeks after his father, Anthony — the former UT-Martin coach — died unexpectedly on Nov. 15. In explaining his reasons for picking IU, Stewart cited Hunter, a longtime family friend, as a major reason why he felt comfortable in Bloomington.

Stewart, who began his career at Pitt, was brought in to provide shooting help on the outside. At Pitt, Stewart started 20 of the 32 games he played as a freshman in 2017-18 and ranked second in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a .425 3-point shooting mark in league play.

After sitting out the 2018-19 season, Stewart was exceptional in the Ohio Valley Conference last winter, standing as the only Division I player to average at least 19.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.5 3-pointers per game at UT-Martin.

He did not play in any games for IU this past season.

IU continues to wait on decisions from Armaan Franklin, Race Thompson, Khristian Lander and Jordan Geronimo, each of whom entered their names in the portal following Archie Miller’s ouster.