Stewart entered college after winning the Naismith Prep Player of the Year Award as the nation's top high school player. The 6-foot-9 forward lived up to his reputation, averaging 17 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks per game as a freshman.
His team's results were more mixed, however. Washington featured in the AP Top 25 as late as December 23 and peaked at No. 20 earlier in the season, but the program ultimately stumbled to a 15-17 record on the year. It was the first losing campaign in head coach Mike Hopkins' three years manning the sideline.
"To be honest, this wasn't the season I expected," Stewart said. "I expected us to be better as a team. We went through a lot of things ... but we had a good run at the end."