Robert Swift: Big man ready for big time

The highly ranked center enjoying an undefeated season thus far.

Garces Memorial High School out of Bakersfield, CA has accumulated an impressive 18-0 record thus far this season. 7'0 junior center Robert Swift is one key component in this array of victories.

"The competition around here is a little weak, but we travel too," said Swift.

Garces has won the Clovis West tournament, the Ragu Classic in Utah, and the California Prep Invitational. Most recently Swift helped lead his team to victory in the Holiday Hoops Challenge, despite a bout with food poisoning. Next up for the Garces Rams is Eisenhower on Friday in the California Hoops Challenge.

This past summer 210 lb Swift played with both LA Rockfish and California Team Select. Swift gained more national attention with his performance at the ABCD camp. He also was seen at the Houston Kingwood Classic, Spiece Run 'n Slam, and Pump Best of the Summer.

"Swift is conservatively one of the top five true centers in his class. He is a very good shot blocker and has pretty good hands with a soft touch," said Frank Burlison of Fox Sports. In fact, Swift blocked 110 shots as a freshman coming off the bench for Garces.

"He needs to get physically stronger be aggressive more consistently," added Burlison.

"For a 7-1 center I think I get up and down the floor pretty fast. I am really working on my 15 foot jump shot," said Swift.

Quickness and ball control are two other areas Swift is focusing on.

Though it is early Swift already has some idea of what schools he wants to consider.

"USC is my number one team. I also like UCLA and Texas. Kansas is in there a little bit."

He also can list some of the factors he will look at when he eventually makes a decision.

"A close relationship with the coach. How well I get along with the coaching staff and the team is always important," said Swift.

"I am looking for a program that will help me get better, not just use me as I am now." Top Stories