By Randy Bruce
November 7, 2013
SHAWNEE – St. Gregory’s University will recognize Durant native Jason Stewart as one of the newest members of its Sports Hall of Fame Saturday, part of a full slate of activities on campus during its homecoming celebration. Stewart, a 1995 graduate of Durant High School, will be honored during halftime of the 6 p.m. men’s basketball game at W.P. Wood Field House.
An All-State selection out of Durant, Stewart was recruited to St. Gregory’s – then a junior college – after leading Class 4A in both scoring and three-point percentage. He didn’t waste any time in making an impact in Shawnee. During his freshman season, he averaged 13.3 points per game and led the team in steals (56) and assists (140). Stewart completed his initial eligibility at St. Gregory’s a year later, averaging 17.1 points and a team-leading 6.1 rebounds per game.
In his first two seasons, Stewart started all 61 games and helped lead the Cavaliers to 36 wins. He finished his junior college career shooting 54 percent from the floor – including 42 percent from three-point range. Those efforts earned him honorable mention NJCAA All-America honors, all-region, and a spot on the all-conference team. Stewart did all this while maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA.
He continued his studies and playing career at the University of Central Oklahoma, but when St. Gregory’s began its first full season as a four-year school in 1998, he transferred back for his senior season. Stewart picked up where he left off, averaging 24.9 points, 8.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game for the Cavaliers. That included three 40-point games, three 30-point efforts and nine double-doubles. He was named Sooner Athletic Conference Newcomer of the Year and earned first-team all-conference honors. Stewart was an honorable mention NAIA All-American, academic all-conference and an NAIA Scholar Athlete in 1999.
Stewart’s track record of excellence has continued into his professional career. He is currently an investment and financial advisor for Securian Advisors MidAmerica in Edmond. Stewart’s career awards and honors include being an Excellence in Performance achiever, multi-year qualifier for the Million Dollar Round Table, Securian Senate Club Qualifier and New Advisor of the Year.
He has served on the board of directors for the Associated General Contractors – where he was named the Service Provider of the Year – and has volunteered with Regional Food Bank and Habitat for Humanity.
Stewart and his wife, Rayna, have been married five years. They have a two-year-old son, Cooper, and a second son due in late November.