Jared Swopshire - Waiting It Out

Jared Swopshire knows what he is looking for at the next level, and there are a lot of coaches and schools that feel they have what he is looking for, but they will have to wait it out until he is ready to make his decision. Let's take a look at the 6'7 ½ wing.....

Jared Swopshire left St. Louis for Florida a year ago and the move is paying off for him. His game has improved, his grades have improved and his future looks much brighter. "I like it down here, it has worked out very well. I have some great coaches and the staff is great too. I am really learning a lot, this has been a good thing for me."

Jared's AAU season with the Florida Rams ended this past weekend, and over the summer he has seen improvements in his, "It was a great summer. I had a lot of fun. I feel I made a lot of improvements in my game. I feel I am pretty strong with the all around fundamentals of the game. I will continue to work hard to get better. I still want to get stronger and faster. I still want to improve my shooting, with a wider range and better accuracy."

Swopshire measures out a 6'7 ½ and feels that his height and versatility will help him play multiple positions at the college level, "I see myself being a wing player, being able to handle the ball, shoot and defend on the perimeter, but I can take it to the hole and I can play down low too, rebounding and defending. It all depends on the matchups."

When it comes to his recruitment, Swopshire has seen that take off this summer as well. "My top schools at this point are Marquette, Michigan, Clemson, Utah, Colorado, Cincinnati and Louisville. Out of those I don't really want to say I have a favorite, it is still early and I want to wait it out. I am not in a rush because it is an important decision and I want to take some visits, go out and see some schools before I decide."

Jared will take some official visits this fall and sort it all out after that. "Whatever the best fit is for me is where I want to be. I don't have to be down here (Florida) and I don't have to be in the Midwest. I will try to make a decision before the second semester starts this year."

Swopshire knows he has an impressive list of schools that want him, and he knows what he wants from them too, "I want to play for a coach who is going to develop me as a player. I want a coach that is going to push me every single day, in practice and outside of basketball too. I want t o play for someone who is going to help me become the best player and person that I can be."

Obviously he understands what he wants in a coach, but he also has a good understanding of what type of team he wants to play with. "I want to play with a team that wants to move the ball up and down the floor. I really like to get out and push it. That is a style of play that I feel comfortable with and that is how I see myself being able to contribute the most – I like to run."

Closing the interview I asked Jared what type of teammate he is and would be in college. "I think my friends would say that I am a good teammate. I think they see me as a good kid on & off the floor. I think they would say that I am fun to play with and that I work hard every day in practice."

It sure sounds as if Jared Swopshire knows what he is looking for at the next level, and there are a lot of coaches and schools that feel they have the answer, they will just have to wait it out until he is ready to make his decision.


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