Jordan Swopshire is a 6'-6" 2013 shooting guard from Fort Zumwalt South High School in Missouri. He has worked hard on his game over the last year while overcoming an injury. He is thriving with a new AAU team and is looking forward to playing in front of college coaches in July. Illinois will be paying particularly close attention.
"My dad told me he was talking to coach (Jay) Price a couple weeks ago. My dad gave him the information I was playing with the Louisville Magic. He said he is going to be watching me in July."
His first introduction to the Illini program was a visit to the team's scrimmage before this past season. He enjoyed the experience and watched the team throughout the year.
"I like how they penetrate and get up and down the court. I watched them several times during the season."
He has built a good relationship with the coaching staff, including head coach Bruce Weber. Price is his lead recruiter.
"Coach Price game down to games three or four times during the year."
What is it like to have a coach from a Big 10 school watch him play?
"It is awesome. It makes me get more adrenaline and play better."
Price is not allowed to speak with Swopshire at his games, but he did provide feedback for Fort Zumwalt South's coach.
"He said keep working, and that he liked my game."
Swopshire averaged 12 points and 8 rebounds per game as a sophomore despite a slow start.
"Coming off a groin injury, I got off to a slower start than I expected. I picked it up and got back into my groove. We didn't get as far as we would like to go. We learned some lessons at the end of the season."
Swopshire has seen his game grow over the past year and is continuing to make significant strides.
"My game has been progressing over the last year. I have a trainer, Corey Frazier, who played at SLU for a couple years. We have been working on ball handling and converting to the shooting guard position. It has helped me a lot."
His hard work is paying off as he and his Louisville Magic AAU team have played at a high level this spring, including winning the championship at a tournament in Nashville and finishing second at the Adidas May Classic.
"There have been a couple tournaments where I have been in a groove for the whole tournament. The work I have been putting in it has been paying off because I am playing a lot better than I did last year."
His great play has earned him more recruiting interest.
"There are six new schools that have stepped up to start recruiting me. They are Mizzou, Tennessee, Xavier, Georgetown, Memphis and Wisconsin. Then there are the schools that are still on me, which are Florida, Texas, Arizona, Marquette, and Illinois."
He does not yet have any offers. He has a busy summer planned with AAU, but in June he is especially looking forward to returning to Colorado Springs to compete for a spot on the United States 16 and under national team.
"I am looking forward to going out there and competing. I know there are going to be new guys there. I want to see what everybody has improved on. Hopefully I make it. I think the USA team will be real good!"