Washington basketball: Stewart wins third straight FOTW award

In what’s becoming a routine practice, Washington basketball’s Isaiah Stewart has yet again been named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week

Seriously… do we have to keep doing this? Washington basketball recruited the best player in the country to come to Montlake, and week after week, Isaiah Stewart is proving why Mike Hopkins pulled out all the stops to make sure he joined the Huskies for what will most likely be his only college season.

Stewart yet again averaged a double-double over the course of the week, where the Huskies saw themselves go 1-1 against USC and UCLA, averaging 21 points per game, and 10.5 rebounds in the two contests. He leads the Pac-12 with eight double-doubles, and is tied with only Duke’s Vernon Carey for the most double-doubles by a Division 1 freshman during the 2019-2020 season.

One of the top NBA prospects for the 2020 Draft, Stewart showed out at both ends of the floor, averaging 3.5 blocks per game during the week, which included a five-block performance in the UCLA game. He’s averaging close to two blocks a game on the season, which is good for third in the Pac-12.

If you look at the Pac-12 leaderboard, no matter what statistic (outside of three-point shooting), you’re probably going to find Stewart’s name within the top 10. He’s currently third in the Pac-12 in scoring, second in total rebounds, first in field goals made, second in player efficiency rating, fourth in true and effective field goal percentage,  and fourth in offensive rating.

As of right now, Stewart looks like the runaway favorite for Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, and should be in the running for the Pac-12 Player of the Year award, as well as the Wooden Award, Naismith Trophy, and the Kareem Abduul-Jabar Center of the Year award.

With his win this week, Stewart becomes the first person to ever win the Freshman of the Week award three straight times, and just the fourth Pac-12 men’s basketball player to be honored three consecutive times, joining Brandon Roy, Eddie House, and Gary Payton.