Junior college forward Freddie McSwain Jr. committed to Indiana on Sunday, as first reported by AllHoosiers.com. McSwain chose the Hoosiers over Kansas State. Indiana is now oversigned by one for next season, but Troy Williams has declared for the NBA Draft without an agent and sources tell me he plans to remain in the draft.
McSwain took an official visit to IU last Monday through Wednesday and ultimately couldn't turn down the opportunity to be a Hoosier.
"They have a chance to be great next season and they have a lot of great pieces," McSwain said in an exclusive interview with AllHoosiers.com on Saturday. "I think adding me to the mix will make it even a better team.
"I trust Tom Crean to develop me as a player. He sees a lot of great things in me. I just trust him."
McSwain, a 6-foot-6, 220-pound forward, was originally a member of the 2014 recruiting class but chose to go to Neosho County Community College to further his skills in hopes of more scholarship offers. McSwain was rewarded with offers from Indiana, Kansas State, Auburn, Bradley and East Carolina, and it has now earned him a scholarship for a major Big Ten program.
Kansas State coach Bruce Weber did everything he could to get McSwain -- he offered him more early playing time than Indiana could and visited him at his school immediately after his IU visit -- but ultimately McSwain and his father felt like Indiana was the best place for him.
"They told me that they really need me there and that they can develop me as a player," McSwain said of IU. "They see a pro in me and a chance to get to the next level."
The recruiting process has been fast and wild for McSwain, but he saw and heard all he needed to see from Crean to believe he's the coach that will get the most out of him.
"Me and my dad felt great about coach Crean because everything he was saying, it was just right," McSwain said. "Like, I believe this guy. I can trust this guy. Even when I was working out with them, I just felt like he knows what he's doing, I felt like he can help me. I felt that in my heart, like, 'Yes, this guy can really do some things for me and get me to the next level.' And he sees some things in me that I don't even see in myself. That's just something that I cherish."
If Williams does remain in the draft, McSwain will help replace what he brought to the team. He's similar in size and, while not as athletic, is more than capable of contributing to a winning team next year.
"Whatever they need me to do, I could do that," McSwain said. "Do anything to help the team win - that's a big part of my game."
McSwain joins Curtis Jones, De'Ron Davis, Grant Gelon and Devonte Green in Indiana's 2016 class.
McSwain recorded a podcast with Justin Albers on Saturday to talk about his decision. You can listen to that below.