USC Loses Ari Stewart to Academics


August 27, 2013 by Seth Rubinroit

Two steps forward, one step back.

In recent days, USC added point guard Pe’Shon Howard and big man D.J. Haley. But now the Trojans have now lost forward Ari Stewart to academics, a representative of the school told Galen Central this morning.

Stewart, a senior, utilized his redshirt season when he transferred from Wake Forest, meaning his playing career at USC is over as he is academically ineligible. However, he began classes on Monday at USC with the goal of getting back on track academically to finish his degree. Stewart did not respond for comment.

Ari Stewart VertiMax

The Trojans also lost forwards Dewayne Dedmon (declared for NBA Draft), as well as Aaron Fuller and Eric Wise (graduation). USC will therefore have to rely on inexperienced forwards, such as sophomore Strahinja Gavrilovic and freshman Roschon Prince.

Stewart, a lengthy defender at 6-foot-7, averaged 3.4 points per game last season. While he was not a major part of the rotation under former coach Kevin O’Neill, he became a significant contributor under interim coach Bob Cantu until a broken left hand forced him to miss six Pac-12 games. Stewart’s two clutch overtime free throws helped the Trojans defeat UCLA at Pauley Pavilion.

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4 thoughts on “USC Loses Ari Stewart to Academics

  1. […] Unfortunately for Enfield, Ari Stewart will not be a part of the rebuilding effort that he has on his hands. Stewart has been ruled academically ineligible for the coming season, Galen Central first reported. […]

  2. […] to Galen Central, 6-7 senior forward Ari Stewart’s collegiate career has come to an end for academic reasons. With Stewart sitting out the 2011-12 season after transferring to the Pac-12 school from Wake […]

  3. […] not be playing for the Trojans this season as the former Wake Forest transfer reportedly failed to qualify academically. Stewart, who sat out the 2011-12 as a transfer redshirt, averaged 3.4 points and 1.8 rebounds per […]

  4. […] ended last season with two Wake Forest transfers on the roster. Right now, they have none. Ari Stewart was declared ineligible for 2013-14 over the summer, and the school announced Thursday that Terrell is academically […]

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