What is clear is that Swinton's interest in North Carolina hasn't wavered a bit despite Doherty's departure.
"I've grown up as a Carolina fan," added Swinton, who attended Midnight Madness this past year. "My dad is a big Carolina fan and no matter who the coach is, I'll still be interested in Carolina. It's not the coach I would go for – it's the school and the history of the program."
After coming from Southeast Guilford, where he averaged 20 points and 10 boards during his freshman campaign, Swinton and his young teammates showed they were a year away this season.
"I thought we had a good year," he said. "We lost to Kinston in the regionals. I shot the ball well from the field, around 57 percent, but I would have liked to shoot the ball more from behind the arc. But I know my role."
Swinton will be playing primarily for the N.C. Gaters under-16 team, but don't be surprised to see him called up for a few tournaments with the loaded under-17 group that features Tar Heel-bound guard JamesOn Curry as well as Cedric Simmons (N.C. State) and James Mays.
Swinton, who averaged 18 points and 9 boards per game this season, will also attend the Nike Jamboree in St. Louis with the hopes of making enough of an impression to earn an invite to the Nike All-American Camp in Indianapolis.
In addition to North Carolina and Kansas, Syracuse, St. John's, Wake Forest and Kentucky are all among Swinton's current favorites.
But for now, Swinton is glued to the paper like any other Tar Heel fan.
"I'm just trying to find out who the next coach will be," he said. "I think that both (Roy Williams and Larry Brown) would be pretty good picks. I'm also looking at Kansas and have gotten interest from Roy Williams, so I know about him. He'd be a good choice and so would Larry Brown, since he has the NBA experience."
Check out IC's Kevin Swinton profile.