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After an impressive performance over this weekend at EYBL, four-star combo guard and offensive machine DJ Steward from Chicago, Illinois has earned an offer from Archie Miller and the Hoosiers. The 6-foot-3 guard plays for Meanstreets (IL) on the Nike EYBL circuit and powerhouse Whitney Young High School. He is ranked 106th overall in the 2020 recruiting class according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, and he is the 10th ranked player at his position.
Over the weekend, DJ Steward showed off his potential, highlighted by a 46 point performance on a higher end west-coast team. Not only did he have the game high score, he also hit the go-ahead winner to put the underdog Meanstreets (IL) team in the win column.
In the four games he played over this weekend, he finished with the following stat line.
- Meanstreets 61 vs Phenom University (WI) 86: 11 points, 25 minutes, 4-16 FG, 3-4 FT, 0-5 3PT, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 turnovers.
- Meanstreets 76 vs Team Final (PA) 81: 29 points, 33 minutes, 10-19 FG, 7-7 FT, 2-6 3PT, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 turnovers, 3 steals.
- Meanstreets 104 vs Team CP3 (NC) 92: 37 points, 34 minutes, 12-22 FG, 10-11 FT, 3-8 3PT, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 turnovers, 2 steals.
- Meanstreets 93 vs Vegas Elite (NV) 91: 46 points, 39 minutes, 19-31 FG, 3-3 FT, 5-11 3PT, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 6 turnovers, 3 steals, 1 block.
DJ Steward Game Breakdown
DJ Steward is an athletic guard that had advanced ball handling that can be at times flashy. He is a quick guard with a number of fast-twitch moves in his arsenals to stall defenders and work towards the rim. Steward is not afraid to attack the rim and often plays larger than his size at 6-foot-3. If in trouble in the paint or there is an open teammate, DJ often impresses with incredible assists. His effectiveness largely comes from his ability to work using both his left and right hand.
Steward is a great shooter and his improved over his high school career to become more consistent with his shooting. He currently still shoots below eye-level and he has a bit of a push motion with his shooting. If he can work on getting his wide-right-elbow in a more proper form, hopefully DJ can benefit with more consistency in his shooting.
Incredibly, DJ Steward shot an impressive 23 of 25 free throws over the weekend. Indiana Hoosier fans understand too well the luxury of having a consistent free throw shooter, given Archie Miller’s offensive schemes to draw fouls.
Unlike some of the other 2020 offers out there, Steward is not as much of a two-way player. The Hoosiers have been recently looking for either shooting (ie Lester Quinones) or two-way-playability (Anthony Harris and Harlond Beverly), and Steward falls into the former category.
The Latest in His Recruiting
There are a number of teams in the mix for DJ Steward and his offer list continues to expand. Prior to Indiana, the latest team to offer was ACC’s Wake Forest. Indiana is not the first Big Ten school to offer DJ. He already holds offers from Iowa, as well as Northwestern and Illinois from his home state. Other schools on his offer list include Louisville, Notre Dame, Iowa State, Texas, Xavier, Marquette, Creighton, and Loyola-Chicago.