WMBD/WYZZ-TV - NORMAL, Ill. -- For the first July in a long time, Austin Stewart isn't playing AAU basketball.
He's headed off to college to get ready for the upcoming season. It took the Normal West grad a long time to make this next step in his life.
"It was a lot of hard work, a lot of time in the gym. My coaches helped by telling me what I need to do to get better," said Stewart. "I took a lot of constructive criticsm. I didn't want to brush it away, I wanted to take it positively to help me game.
As Stewart's game got better in high school, the decision of where to play after high school got tougher. The 6-5 guard waited until the tail end of his senior year before he made Central Michigan his choice.
"The waiting paid off. My mom said to be patient," said Stewart. "I had to stay in the gym, get better and everything worked out."
Stewart is clearly a thinker. It's one of the reasons it took him so long his senior year to make a college choice.
It might be the reason he's studying criminology when he gets to CMU.
"I've always been interested in people's thought patterns. I've always asked why. I see that I can use it for good. Try and help solve crimes," said Stewart. "The patience thing kinda points toward that. I really like to think things through and make sure I'm making the right decision."
Stewart's decision-making process is considered good both on and off the court... now he wants to make his college coach's decision to offer him a scholarship look good.
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