UW’s Isaiah Stewart declares for 2020 NBA Draft

SEATTLE — Washington Huskies center Isaiah Stewart announced Wednesday that he is declaring for the 2020 NBA Draft and is forgoing the final three years of his college eligibility.

Stewart averaged 17 points and 8.8 rebounds per game for the Huskies last season and was named to First Team All PAC 12 and to the conference’s All-Freshman team.

The Rochester, New York native was a consensus five-star recruit coming out of high school and was named the Naismith Prep Player of the Year following his senior season at La Lumiere School, a prep school in Indiana.

“I can’t express enough gratitude for the coaching staff that invested in my future and prepared me for the next level. I will always cherish the bond that I forged with my teammates, my brothers in battle,” Stewart said, in part, in a tweet.

Stewart is projected as the No. 26 prospect in this year’s draft by ESPN.

The Huskies finished their disappointing season with a first round loss to the Arizona Wildcats in the PAC 12 tournament last month. In the loss, Stewart had 29 points and 12 rebounds.

The PAC 12 conference canceled the remained of the tournament the next day due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Huskies began the season with a 10-2 record, but finished the season 15-17 overall.