Cole Swider

2018 forward Cole Swider talks Indiana scholarship offer

HAMPTON, Va. — Cole Swider, a 6-foot-8 class of 2018 forward from the Boston Area Basketball Club and the St. Andrews School in Rhode Island, talks with Peegs.com about receiving an Indiana scholarship offer from IU coach Archie Miller, his recruitment overall, his game and his huge weekend.

HAMPTON, Va. — Cole Swider had done this before.

But on this stage, with this many college coaches watching? Yeah, this performance certainly ranked up there.

The 6-foot-8 forward scored 37 points and shot 7-for-9 from the arc in leading the Boston Area Basketball Club to a 67-60 win over Team Takeover on Saturday. His 37 points was the highest scoring game of the first session of EYBL play.

“This year in high school I had a couple of games like that, but on that big of a stage, there’s no bigger stage than EYBL, playing the preseason No. 1-ranked team. That was probably top five,” Swider said of where Saturday’s performance ranked on his list of personal bests.

That game came in front of IU assistant Tom Ostrom, and Swider followed it up with 22 points, 13 rebounds and two blocked shots in front of IU coach Archie Miller today.

Swider ended the weekend sixth in scoring in EYBL play, averaging 21.8 points per game. 

He shot 61 percent (22-for-36) from the field overall and 75 percent (12-for-16) from the arc in four games.

Swider also averaged 7.8 rebounds per game, with 13 of his 31 rebounds coming on the offensive end.

That led to Swider receiving a scholarship offer from Miller.

“Archie Miller called my father, and he talked to my dad for a while, then my dad asked if he wanted to talk to me,” Swider said in an interview with Peegs.com “I talked with coach Miller, and he said he watched me play and wanted to offer me a scholarship.

“He liked my toughness and my shotmaking ability, and he thought I would fit in perfectly to what he’s going to do at Indiana.”

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Swider, who is from Portsmouth, R.I., and plays high school basketball for the St. Andrews School, said he’s just starting to learn about Indiana.

“I don’t know much right now, but I’m open to hearing what it’s all about. Obviously, Indiana basketball is a household name. You hear ‘Indiana’ and you have to pay attention,” Swider said. “I don’t know much about the university yet, but I’m willing to learn and see what it’s all about.”

Swider’s 3-point shooting all weekend was certainly impressive, and that’s a skill he’s had all along.

“It’s always been a strength of mine. When I first was coming up with my AAU team, I was maybe 6-foot, 160 pounds soaking wet. They’d stick me in the corner and I’d make 3s,” he said.

Since then, Swider has grown to 6-foot-8 and filled out to 215 ;pounds.

“I obviously shoot the ball very well. I can crash the offensive boards really well. I can score the basketball in may different ways,” he said of his strengths.

On areas that need to improve, he said: “Ball handling and my lateral quickness. That will help me defensively. And then probably defensive rebounding, really hitting the boards hard.”

Swider has offers from Indiana, Boston College, Creighton, DePaul, Miami, Providence, Rhode Island, Syracuse, Villanova and Xavier, among others.

He has made a number of unofficial visits, including Xavier, Creighton, Boston College, Villanova, Butler and Providence “a bunch of times.”

His focus right now is the AAU season and he’ll think about other visits, including Indiana, later.

As for a decision timetable, Swider said: “I definitely want to make it sooner rather than later, probably early fall.”

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