Swopshire makes strong early impression

Freshman forward Jared Swopshire came into University of Louisville as a top 100 prospect, but was often overshadowed by fellow frosh Samardo Samuels. The 6-foot-7 Swopshire, though, has quickly made a name for himself with the Cards.

In the Red-White intrasquad scrimmage Oct. 26 he had 21 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Then in Saturday's exhibition win over Georgetown College, with Earl Clark in foul trouble much of the game, Swopshire stepped up and recorded a double-double with 14 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

The St. Louis native who came to UofL by way of the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. is generally regarded as a four-year player for the Cards, which should be good news for UofL fans.

Swopshire spoke with InsideTheVille.com following Louisville's 74-67 win over Georgetown (KY) Saturday afternoon:

Q: What's been the biggest adjustment for you so far?

A: "The biggest adjustment for me would probably be just getting used to balancing school and basketball. As far as practice, that's going great."

Q: What's been your favorite part of college basketball so far?

A: "Getting out and playing in front of these fans. It felt great, the fans coming out and showing a lot of support and me getting out there and playing in front of everybody."

Q: Do you have any goals for yourself right now when you're in the game?

A: "I'm just trying to go out there and play my hardest, and just get the win."

Q: What things have you been trying to work on the most?

A: "I'm just getting stronger, I'm just trying to work on my defense and fundamentals and trying to get better."

Q: How have practices been?

A: "They've been great, real intense, coach is pushing us for all the right reasons."

Q: Has coach Rick Pitino been pushing you hard in practice?

A: "Definitely, he's already pushing me, that's the reason I came here to get pushed and he's doing a great job of that."

Q: What kind of expectations do you have for yourself?

A: "Just trying to help my team in any way I can. Getting in there grabbing rebounds, getting a body on somebody and of course trying to win a national championship."

Q: Is winning a national title your biggest goal here at UofL?

A: "That along with getting my education, getting my degree, and trying to get to the next level."

Q: What are you majoring in?

A: "Sports administration."

Q: How is it going so far?

A: "It's interesting."

Q: If for some reason playing professional basketball doesn't work out for you what would you see yourself getting into?

A: "Anything to do with basketball, maybe coaching. I just love the game, just love to be around it."


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