With William Lee looking to stay closer to home and Jalen Jones transferring, SMU has a couple of scholarships to work with in the Class of 2014.
A big man will take one while the best athlete available will likely take the other. Melvin Swift is in the latter category. The 6-foot-7, 190-pounder is listed as a power forward but is more of a slasher and is expected to play small forward at the next level.
A three-star prospect, Swift has been on SMU's radar for a while now and was recently visited by assistant coach Ulric Maligi.
"Coach Maligi stopped by the school last month. He told me that they were still looking at me and were interested," Swift said. "I've known Coach Maligi since he was at Houston so we have a good relationship. I'm glad I got to talk to him in person, and I'm excited that they're still interested."
The former Xavier commit has narrowed it down to seven schools including SMU. The others are Baylor, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Penn State, St. John's and St. Joseph's.
Swift is considered a Penn State lean but says all the programs on his short list are even. He plans on making officials to all of the out of state programs and unofficials to Baylor and SMU.
"I'm definitely going to visit SMU soon, probably for one of their home games. My interest level in them is high right now," Swift said. "I haven't talked to Larry Brown yet, but it would be great to play for him. I think I could learn a lot if I went to SMU."
While Emmanuel Mudiay has been helping recruit big men such as Lee and Myles Turner, freshman shooting guard Keith Frazier has been hard at work with Swift. Frazier and Swift were both part of Houston Hoops on the AAU circuit a few years ago and still keep in touch.
"Keith told me that SMU is a really good school and that he would love to play with me," Swift said. "He said the big thing about SMU is that they help you succeed in the classroom too and always help you with everything. With Keith there and Mudiay going there, I know SMU would be a good place to go."
Swift has already taken official visits to Penn State and St. Joseph's and said both of them went well. His next one will be to Connecticut in a few weeks. Because he will still have four visits left after that, Swift doesn't plan on signing until the spring.
While recruiting is definitely on his mind, Swift is also focused on leading Houston Yates back to the state title game this season.
"My goals to score more points and help my team on defense," said Swift, who averaged 14.7 points per game in 2012. "I think we can be great and win state this time. As far as recruiting, we'll see how it plays out. I'm just looking for a good school with good tradition."
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