6'9 Carl Swanigan leads team to Utah state title

6'9 Carl Swanigan led Hunter (UT) High School to its first state title and was named 5A Player of the Year for his efforts.

Carl Swanigan made the most of his move back to Utah this season.

Swanigan, who played the last couple of years in northern Indiana, moved back to Salt Lake City for his senior season and promptly led Hunter High School to its first state title.

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 Salt Lake Tribune
"He had a great season," Blessed IJN head coach Eric Vaughn said.

At 6-foot-9, Swanigan has great footwork and soft hands for a player tipping the scales at 300-plus pounds. He's a solid rebounder in the paint and can also step out on the floor and has range to the three point line.

Swanigan, who drew the attention of University of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino with his outstanding play at last year's Kingwood Classic in Texas, averaged 18.6 points and 14.7 rebounds this season. He was named the 5A MVP by the Salt Lake Tribune and received the same distinction from Deserert Morning News.

In the state tournament run to the championship, Swanigan scored 73 points in four games and led Hunter past Brighton High and Louisville recruit Brayden Bell in the state semifinals. In the championship game against Cottonwood, Swanigan converted two foul shots with 4.5 seconds remaining to give Hunter a 33-32 victory.

Now Swanigan will return to his Indiana roots where he'll team up with Vaughn's Blessed IJN squad once again. He'll be joined by two other U of L prospects, 6'9 small forward Chad Millard of Manchester, New Hampshire and 6'5 point guard Marques Johnson of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

As for Swanigan's recruitment, it's likely on hold for another season as he'll head to a prep school next fall. Still, Vaughn and his star power foward hope Louisville head coach Rick Pitino will continue to show interest on the recruiting trail this summer.

"Rick Pitino loved him last year," Vaughn said. "We hope he still does."

Swanigan and his AAU team will begin their spring circuit with a stop at the Las Vegas Easter Classic this weekend. They'll also attend the Charlie Webber Invitational and the Kingwood Classic later this month.

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