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NCAA Basketball Recruiting: Duke transfer Sean Stewart down to Ohio State, Georgetown

Former 5-star NCAA Basketball Sean Stewart is down to two reported options. Will it be Ohio State or Georgetown that lands him?
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Former 5-star NCAA Basketball Sean Stewart is down to two reported options. Will it be Ohio State or Georgetown that lands him?

Few teams were hit harder by the NCAA Basketball transfer portal than Duke, who lost seven players. Some of them were former five-star prospects, including Sean Stewart. He's a 6'9 forward/center from the state of Florida and a consensus top-20 player from the 2023 recruiting class.

Stewart was in the rotation for the Blue Devils this past season, playing in 33 games at just under 10 mpg. He averaged 2.6 ppg and 3.2 rpg, shooting 57% from the field. Some of his best individual games include 16 points and 10 rebounds against La Salle and 12 points and five rebounds versus NC State.

With another No. 1 recruiting class that features five-star prospects such as Cooper Flagg, Stewart hit the portal, likely looking for more playing time. In the past couple of weeks, two programs have emerged as favorites in Stewart's recruitment... Georgetown and Ohio State.

Does one of them seem like the better option compared to the other? Here's a closer look at the Buckeyes and Hoyas roster.

Georgetown Hoyas

It may have been a coincidence but three-year center Ryan Mutombo recently hit the transfer portal. Could that be a sign that someone else is coming in? Coach Ed Cooley has been trying to land some big fish since he arrived and they do have Harvard transfer Malik Mack and former TCU wing, Micah Peavy.

But the frontcourt is just about empty since Surpreme Cook left. Stewart would very well be the starting big man for Georgetown and have a big role. And if he excels and the guards are as good as expected, that could be enough for the team to get out of the Big East basement.

Ohio State Buckeyes

The Buckeyes lost a couple of big men to the portal in Zed Edey and Felix Okpara. They were replaced by Aaron Bradshaw, a former 5-star prospect and transfer from Kentucky. He and Stewart can share the minutes at the five-spot and whichever sophomore breaks out, wiould be the guy next year.

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Ohio State also doesn't have a clear leading power forward so Stewart could play some four, though how that fits with Bradshaw could be a concern. There's also first-year head coach Jake Diebler, who doesn't have anywhere near the experience as Coach Cooley, though that didn't stop him from picking new and newer HC Jon Scheyer.