Youngstown – The Youngstown State men's basketball program signed Kyle Steward (Detroit, Mich./Cass Tech) to a National Letter of Intent, Head Coach Jerry Slocum announced on Thursday. Steward joins Marcus Keene (San Antonio, Texas) and Jalon Plummer (Belleville, Mich.) in the 2013-14 recruiting class.
Versatility and athleticism were two attributes that Slocum liked in Steward.
"Kyle brings size and athleticism to our program" Slocum said. "He can stretch the defense with his ability to shoot the ball from the perimeter, but he also has a good inside game. We're excited to have him join our program. Kyle has great potential and his best basketball is ahead of him."
A 6-foot-7 forward, Steward averaged 14 points, eight rebounds and three assists per game and helped Cass Tech to a 19-4 record to clinch the PSL West Division Championship in 2012-13. He also averaged 12 points and seven rebounds at Detroit Crockett High School during his junior season.
"I felt like Youngstown State was a good fit for me," Steward said. "I had a great visit to campus and the coaches and players made me feel at home. YSU is also a school that is not that far from home so my family will be able to see me play."
Youngstown State concluded the 2012-13 season with an 18-16 record and earned a berth to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament – the first Division I postseason tournament in school history. The Penguins also finished with a 7-9 mark in Horizon League play.