Swilling gets a visit

Patrick Swilling Jr. is not only one of New Orleans hottest prospects, but also ranked among the top 2010 guards in the state. The 6-3, 210-pounder, who is constantly traveling across the country this summer with his HP Elite AAU team, found some familiar faces when he arrived at the Hoops Hall of Fame tournament in Springfield, Massachusetts.

“Some coaches from the LSU staff were up there checking me and a couple of other guys out,” Swilling said. “Coach [Brent] Scott and coach [Donny Guerinoni] G are up here, so they are getting a good look at me. I talked to [head] coach [Trent] Johnson the other day. They are just excited to get the chance to see me play.”


With more traveling in Swilling’s summer, the Brother Martin standout is sure to continue to attract attention from college coaches.


“We are planning to go to Las Vegas and then somewhere in California for our next two tournaments,” Swilling said.


Despite the long way to go in his recruitment process, Swilling feels that mutual interest exists with a number of schools.


“I am looking at USC, Florida, Georgia Tech and LSU,” he said.


Though the junior guard has no clear leader, he admitted that being recruited by the hometown team is a good feeling.


“I really like the program,” Swilling said. “The new coaches seem cool as well. They are recruiting me to play either the one or two spot, so right now it is pretty wide open from that standpoint.”


Swilling, who averaged 21 points with six assists and six rebounds a game last season for the Crusaders, earned a reputation for taking guys off the dribble but he has also turned into a dominant threat from behind the three point line.


“I have been shooting really well, especially from three,” Swilling said. “I play fast and can go deep. I can step in and shoot it, so I feel like I am well rounded.”


Swilling, who holds an offer from the Trojans of USC, said that hopefully contact with the coaches will land him an offer in the near future.


As for now, the New Orleans-native is one prospect from the 2010 class that will continue to get looks every time he steps onto the hardwood.

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