Te’Quawn Stewart
Name: Te’Quawn Stewart
Team: New Castle
Number: #12
Grade: 12
Height: 6' 2''
Weight: N/A
Position: C
By Clayton Sauertieg
New Castle News

Te’Quawn Stewart won’t wow you with his numbers in the box score.
The senior for the New Castle High boys basketball team isn’t a high-volume scorer. He doesn’t often have the ball in his hands and he doesn’t take your breath away with highlight-reel plays.
What the center for the 14-2 Red Hurricane does do is just about everything else. Stewart is a jack of all trades for coach Ralph Blundo’s squad, doing every job he’s asked to do on both ends of the floor. He can defend, rebound, run the floor and protect the rim.
Stewart’s versatility, combined with his 12 points and 7.7 rebounds per game in three victories for New Castle last week, were enough to earn him Washington Centre Physical Therapy high school athlete of the week honors as voted upon by the New Castle News sports department.
What makes the feat all the more impressive is that Stewart was able to shine despite playing all three contests with a broken nose suffered in the first quarter of the ‘Canes’ game at Beaver on Jan. 13. He underwent surgery for the break Monday.
“Te’Quawn just brings stability,” Blundo said. “You know exactly what you’re going to get from him. He rarely makes a mistake defensively and covers for a bunch of guys. He’s very intelligent on that end and as the year’s gone on, he’s just kept improving as an offensive player. We don’t ask him to do a lot (on offense), but we just need him to catch and finish and he’s been doing that consistently over the last couple of weeks. The other thing he does really well is he goes and gets the ball. When it’s in the air, he doesn’t just touch it, he makes sure he goes and gets it, and that’s important, especially on the boards.”
Stewart said that he tries not to worry about what the stat sheet says at the end of the game, he just wants to help his team succeed and do what his coaches ask of him.
“I’m always just trying to get better and help my team win,” he said. “I wouldn’t really say I’ve taken on a bigger role in these (recent) games, it’s just the way the games have turned out. I’m happy I could help my team.”
That Stewart was able to produce potentially the best week of his season following an injury that would leave some sidelined should come as no surprise. He has described himself as a “team first” player whose only concern is coming out ahead when the final buzzer sounds.
“I knew immediately when I did it that it was broken,” Stewart said of the incident that broke his nose. “It was the first quarter of the Beaver game and I didn’t tell anybody because I didn’t want to come out of the game. When it happened it definitely hurt, but the pain kind of went away as the game went on.”
Perhaps Stewart’s biggest contribution to the ‘Canes this season has been his defense. At 6-foot-2, he is the tallest starter on the team and the last line of defense for a New Castle squad that loves to press and cause havoc for opposing ballhandlers.
“The players trust him,” Blundo said of Stewart’s rim-protecting prowess. “They know that they can take some chances and that Te’Quawn is going to get where he needs to be. He’s going to be in the right place on that back-side rotation. He’s a really good post defender. Although he’s thin he plays much stronger than he looks which really helps him.”
As New Castle begins the back half of the season, Stewart says the team’s aim is to take it one game at time. But he added that a shot at the WPIAL and state title is definitely in the back of his mind.
“It would mean a lot to go out with a championship,” he said. “It’s my senior year and you don’t get this time back once it’s done.”
(Email: csauertieg@ncnewsonline.com)

Player of the Week
Home | Game Schedules | Archive Coverage | Player of the Week
Lets Talk Basketball | BasketBlog | Big Shots
Copyright © NCBounce.com
All rights reserved. Do not duplicate or redistribute in any form.
Site Designed By: MotionLX, LLC