Combo forward Cole Swider is one of the best players in New England in the 2018 class, and has shown for a while that is a capable high-major player. As a junior Swider had a big year pulling in high level offers, and is now ready to show he is a more complete player than ever.
“The season went well,” said Swider. “We accomplished a lot as a team. We didn’t have high expectations, but we played hard and played together and got it done as a team.”
In terms of his individual play, Swider said, “I definitely got off the label of being just a shooter. I showed I can put it the ball on the deck and also I averaged around 12 rebounds per game.”
On the recruiting trail Swider now has a long list of offers.
Also Swider had a chance to make numerous college visits.
“I saw Xavier for their first game, Butler, Villanova, Creighton, Boston College, and Providence,” said Swider.
For Swider getting an offer from the defending national champs in Villanova was huge.
“I like them a lot,” noted Swider. “There is nobody better than Jay Wright and they have proven they will win. I want to win a national title because winning is the biggest thing for me. Also they do a good job of developing pros as well. I’m very interested in them.”
Also the Providence Friars have had Swider on campus a lot, and as a native of Rhode Island, Ed Cooley and his staff are trying to keep Swider close to home.
“I’m from Rhode Island so Providence is such a comfortable place,” noted Swider. “They’re pitch is for me to a hometown hero. It is definitely awesome to be recruited by them and I like them a lot.”
The Xavier Musketeers have also made impression on Swider. Swider visited for their season opener, and also has hosted the coaching staff at his high school.
About the Musketeers, Swider said, “It was an awesome visit. They have a plan for me to play from day one and play a lot right away. I think I fit in well with how they play and the facilities there are very nice.”
While a ton of interest is coming in for Swider, he says he doesn’t want to rush into a decision.
“After the April live periods I plan to cut down my list,” noted Swider. “Then after the Peach Jam I will decide where I want to take my visits and then make a decision.”