"I was surprised that they invited me," said Swinton, who averaged 20 points and 10 boards per game as a freshman at Southeast Guilford High. "I met the whole team and it was pretty fun."
Swinton isn't your typical 15-year-old. He not only acts and talks far more mature than a typical high school sophomore, but pointed out a highlight of the Midnight Madness experience that would differ from most.
"I got a chance to sit right in front of Phil Ford and meet him," said Swinton, who has a 3.2 GPA.
Swinton, who played with the Gaters 15-and-under team this past summer, has good athleticism and is a strong inside player who is also able to face up to the basket and knock down the mid-range jumper.
"He's a very strong kid for a sophomore," Greensboro Dudley coach David Price said. "He needs to learn to run the floor hard all the time, but that's a pattern that a lot of young kids fall into."
According to Prep Stars analyst Rob Harrington, Swinton has a lot of potential.
"He is a promising athlete who has a solid frame," Harrington said. "By the time he graduates from high school, he should be both strong and athletic.
"His height could be an issue. He's listed as tall as 6-8, but he may be closer to 6-6. He needs to become more diversified in the post and either grow a couple of inches or improve his ball skills to the point that he can play on the wing. He's a high-major prospect."
Swinton suffered a knee injury on the third day of practice a year ago that required surgery. He missed the first few games before returning to the lineup and making his presence felt immediately.
Swinton grew up as a Carolina fan and the Tar Heels seem to have the early advantage with the up-and-coming big man. However, he also mentioned Wake Forest, Kansas, Syracuse and Virginia Tech as schools that also already have him on the radar.