Swanigan Makes Verbal Commitment

Carl Swanigan, a 6-9, 340 pound man-child, reached a college decision Wednesday night. Swanigan will play his college ball in the SEC.

"Carl Swanigan has committed to Mississippi," Eric Vaughan, head coach of the Blessed IJN traveling team said late Wednesday night.

Swanigan is 6-9, 340 pound presence who played last year in Utah but will transfer to Birmingham (AL) Central Park Christian for his final year of high school ball.

In case you aren't familiar with Swanigan, here's the lowdown. He's moved around some from Indiana to Utah and now to Alabama and although his address has changed, his talent level has followed him everywhere he's gone. During his first three seasons of high school ball, according to the Salt Lake Tribune, he was ineligible academically.

Last season, Swanigan led Hunter to the 5-A Utah state title when he made two free throws in the closing seconds.

Swanigan can play. He's nimble for his size, has touch to 3-point land, can score inside and fancies himself to be a player. At 340, he's too heavy but it's no secret that if he were to get serious about his weight – and in turn get committed to hoops – he'd have a chance to be a very special prospect.

It would appear that Rod Barnes now has a chance to mold Swanigan into a force. How good is the kid? Well, Rick Pitino saw him last year and offered a scholarship. But, it was Barnes that got the nod to develop this talent.

"Rod Barnes fits the bill," Vaughan said. "He and Tracy Dildy got it done. He needs a coach with a loving hand who can also get into him.

"Mississippi feels they've got a pro as far as talent goes."

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