With only one commitment for the Class of 2008 and two scholarships still open, the Michigan basketball program is moving aggressively on quite a few rising senior prospects this summer. One such player is IMG Academy's (Bradenton, FL) Jared Swopshire. GoBlueWolverine was on hand at the Adidas It Takes 5ive Classic in Cincinnati earlier in the month and observed Michigan coaches John Beilein and Mike Jackson watching Swopshire intently. (For those that missed the recap, click here). The 6-8, 180-pounder was extremely impressive showing both a sweet shooting stoke and the ability to put it on the floor. He clearly possesses the kind of size and versatility that Beilein covets in his offense. Part of what makes him special is his desire to do the little things that often go overlooked.
“Fundamentals are something I really take pride in," Swopshire said to GoBlueWolverine. "That is what I work on a lot so I can use them to my advantage”.
That attention to detail is definitely evident in his game. Swopshire's scoring ability facing the basket is apparent, but he is also a willing rebounder and continues to work on his back to the basket skills. Put it all together, and he is a handful to deal with.
“If a smaller man is guarding me, I can go down low in the post," Swopshire told Bearcat Insider's Tim Adams. "If they put a bigger man on me, I’d go out on the wing. I’m more of a guard/forward.”
The have definitely taken notice of this young man's ability to just plain get it done in multiple facets of the game, and have made him a priority.
Michigan's full court press is being triggered by Jackson, who has already made a strong impression on the rising youngster.
“Coach Jackson tells me how I will fit into the Michigan program," Swopshire said. "I like him because he has a lot of energy. I've been staying in touch with him. He always tells me things that help me out with my game."
At this point Swopshire claims offers from South Carolina (offered yesterday), Michigan, Illinois, Marquette, Cincinnati, Clemson, Miami, Utah, Southern Illinois, Colorado and Missouri. The program that ultimately wins his services will have a coach that is willing to spend as much time as possible working with him to become better, a team where everyone is about the TEAM, and a team capable of winning it all."
“I’m just looking for a place with a good educational program and a coach that will help me develop," said Swopshire to Bearcat Insider. "I’d also like to go to a place that can compete for a national title. I’m just looking for the best fit.”
“I want to take my time because it’s a big decision," he continued. "I’d like to take some official visits, but I’m planning to have a decision by September or October.”