Hikeem Stewart, a junior guard from Seattle, will transfer from Washington’s basketball team, the school announced Wednesday.
He has been granted his full release and is free to search for a transfer destination. Stewart, the younger brother of former Rainier Beach stars Lodrick and Rodrick Stewart, struggled to earn playing time during his 2-plus seasons at UW. He appeared in 38 games, never playing more than 12 minutes in a contest, and his season-high for minutes was nine in five games this season.
“Hikeem is a great young man that I’ve enjoyed coaching and being around as much as any player that’s played for the Huskies,” coach Lorenzo Romar said in a statement released by UW. “We hate to see him leave, but I am fully supportive of his decision, and will sincerely support him in whatever direction he goes.”
Stewart’s departure leaves UW with just nine healthy, eligible scholarship players. Forward Jernard Jarreau (ACL surgery) is out for the season, and forward Desmond Simmons (knee surgery) is out until at least mid-December. Their final scholarship this season went to 7-foot center Robert Upshaw, a Fresno State transfer who is redshirting this season per NCAA rules.
With Stewart gone, the Huskies can sign another player before next year, if they so choose. Lorenzo Romar said a while back that he wasn’t actively searching for any more players — 6-10 forward Tristan Etienne and 6-6 guard Donaven Dorsey signed earlier this month — and UW has only two seniors, C.J. Wilcox and Perris Blackwell, on the roster. But with another spot now available, perhaps Romar’s plans will change.