After spending the past two years leading Fenwick to 50 wins and two Catholic League titles, including a state runner-up finish in Class 3A as a freshman, DJ Steward will spend his final two years at Young.
Steward, a 6-3 junior guard who is ranked among the top 75 players in the country in the Class of 2020, has transferred to the public league powerhouse.
After registering at Young on Tuesday, Steward pointed out that leaving Fenwick has been on his mind for quite some time. Steward indicated he wanted to leave Fenwick following his freshman year.
“My family and I decided to stick it out at Fenwick one more year,” Steward said of remaining at the private school. “But by the middle of the year of my sophomore year there were just some unsettling things that were going on, and I wasn’t enjoying myself.”
In the middle of last school year, Steward again sat down with his family to discuss leaving Fenwick. They decided he would leave at the conclusion of his sophomore campaign.
Steward and his family moved to Chicago and his family looked at several options for his remaining two years of high school. They talked with several of the nation’s prominent prep schools, including La Lumiere in Indiana and Montverde in Florida. Steward said the family discussed him living in Dayton with his aunt and attending high school there.
“My mom actually wanted me to go to a prep school, but I wanted to stay home,” said Steward. “Fenwick is a great school academically, so we wanted to make sure we found a school with great academics.”
Steward believes the academic, cultural, social and diverse aspects of Young fit well.
“I’m not going to be doing any other interviews or talking about this, because I just want to concentrate on school going forward,” said Steward.
The powerhouse Dolphins will have two of the top three prospects in Illinois in the Class of 2020, Steward and guard Tyler Beard. Senior Myles Baker is also back, he was one of the area’s most consistently productive players last season. Young be among the top-ranked teams in the state this winter.
Last season Steward averaged 18.4 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals a game for the Friars. In just two seasons, Steward has already scored 932 career points in two seasons.
As a freshman two seasons ago, Steward led Fenwick in scoring and pumped in 26 points in a state championship game loss to Morgan Park.
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