Swanagan emerges as 2005 prospect
Swanagan, originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, is a left-handed post player who moves well for his size, has great hands and exceptional balance for a three hundred pounder. He's a good rebounder and shot blocker in the paint and possesses the potential to be a high impact player at the collegiate level.
Swanagan is considered by most analysts to be the top rising senior prospect for Bloomington Red AAU this year. Bloomington Red also sports 6'7, 185 Ril Duany of Bloomington North High School who also lists Louisville among his top five.
"He's pretty athletic considering he's carrying all that weight around," said Bloomington Red Head Coach Mark Adams. "He can stand flat footed under the basket, jump up and do a 360 slam and he can take the ball off the board and go coast to coast too."
Adams compares Swanagan to a young Zach Randolph but added, "Zach was probably a little more hungry at this age."
Swanagan had an eye opening performance at the Kingwood Classic against national Top 5 player LaMarcus Aldridge. According to Adams, Swanagan scored 26 points and pulled down a boat load of rebounds against the highly touted Aldridge with Coach Pitino and Assistant Kevin Willard in the stands observing. After that performance, Willard caught two more of Swanagan's games while in Texas and the Cardinal coaches immediately turned up their recruitment of the 6'9 center.
Sources close to the situation suggest Pitino has made known that he would be more than happy to make room for Swanagan in the Cardinal basketball program in 2005.
National recruiting gurus have also taken notice of Swanagan's talents and he's receiving positive reviews this spring.
"[He's] a big body….[but] he's played just one season of high school basketball entering his senior year…[He] needs to focus on academics…..[but] he's a naturally talented basketball player who is lighter on his feet than you would expect….[He] has potential," said Dave Telep of TheInsiders.com.
Academics will likely force Swanagan, a high school senior to be, to attend prep school for two years where he'd be reclassified as a member of the class of 2005. According to Adams, Finchberg (MA) Notre Dame Prep would be the likely destination next year if the 6'9 center were to go that route.