One of the most talked about players throughout the spring has been 2018 combo forward Cole Swider.
Playing for BABC on the Nike EYBL circuit, Swider, a 6-foot-7 prospect, averages 19.4 points and has proven himself as one of the better three-point threats in the country, knocking down 33 three-pointers in 12 games on the circuit.
“Shooting the ball well, hustling, getting to the basket off of people running out to me and just playing tough and hard,” Swider when asked to describe his game.
Obviously his shooting is a big key to his game, but during a game Friday, he struggled from the field. So Swider found other ways to impact things.
“Offensive rebounding I do a good job of, working hard, stealing the basketball, just trying to do all of the little things,” he said. “Tonight my shot wasn’t falling, last time my shot wasn’t really falling but I still got to help my team win.”
“Every single team is going to be glued on me, so I’m not going to get any open looks so all my shots are going to be tough shots but it’ll open things up for my teammates,” he said.
“It’s stressful,” Swider admitted about the recruiting process. “It is definitely stressful, but it’s good. I wouldn’t want to have it any other way.”
Not many players in the 2017 class have narrowed their lists like Swider has, but he said he didn't want to waste his time or coaches that didn't have a shot.
“I don’t want to give any coaches false measures, I don’t want to waste anybody’s time,” Swider said. “I felt like after the April live period, the schools recruiting me, I felt like I just wanted to cut it down.”
Swider has yet to take an official visit, but has been to all of the schools on his list except for Indiana and Michigan.
Which schools are recruiting him the hardest?
“Xavier has probably worked the hardest over time,” Swider said. “Villanova has been picking it up as of late. Providence has been recruiting me hard. All the schools have been recruiting me pretty hard this year, I just got to do what is best for me.”
Swider said Xavier has been persistent and genuine in their pursuit.
“They text me and call me every single night,” Swider said. “They call my grandma. They call my grandfather. They make sure they know every single person in my family and everyone who will be involved in my decision. I feel like they care about me as a person so I feel like they have done a good job with that.”
Like Xavier, Providence has been heavily recruiting Swider for a long time. Because of their location Swider said he’s been by the Friars campus more than any of the other schools on his list.
“They want me to be the hometown hero,” Swider said. “So obviously, if I stay home it’s going to be Providence so that’s the only school that’s even on my list so that’s the draw there.”
One school that hasn’t been recruiting him as long is Indiana, as Archie Miller was recently hired to take the reigns in Bloomington. Swider said he was impressed with his track record at Dayton.
“Coach Miller did a great job at Dayton,” Swider said. “He wants to start his class off with me and he wants this class to be the face of the program coming up. He’s done a good job of recruiting me so far.”
Villanova’s pitch to Swider has centered around what they are going to lose and the spots that he could fill.
“They’re probably going to lose a bunch of guys to the draft in Mikal Bridges and Jalen Brunson,” Swider said. “They want me to come in and get buckets, that’s what they told me.”
Now that Swider has his list down to a work number, the next step is looking into taking official visits.
“I’m just going to play this AAU season out, hopefully take some official visits and then decide in the Fall.”