SMU Interest in Swift Cooling Off

2014 SF Melvin Swift is inching closer to a decision. Details inside!

Melvin Swift, a three-star power forward from Houston, is nearing his decision on where he will play his college basketball next season.

Swift says he will commit next month and now is just trying to take his final visits before making his decision.

During the fall, Swift narrowed his list down to Massachusetts, Connecticut, and SMU. Over the weekend, however, Swift decided to add Baylor and Oklahoma State back onto the list.

"I have good relationships with both schools and one of my old teammates is recruiting me (to Baylor)," Swift said. "They've asked me to come up and take a visit."

Even with his decision looming, Swift is not sure how to rank his top five.

"I need to visit each one first," Swift said. "I need to go up there and see how they look before I can decide."

While Swift cannot attend the SMU-UC Irvine game on Wednesday, he plans on visiting Moody should the Mustangs advance in the NIT.

Swift has been primarily recruited by SMU assistant coach Ulric Maligi, but the contact between the two has been limited lately.

"It's been a while," Swift said when asked how long it has been since he spoke to Maligi. "I haven't spoke to him, but I saw him at one of our games."

Before the season started, SMU freshman Keith Frazier was involved in recruiting Swift as the two are old AAU teammates. Swift feels like he can play well on offense with Frazier.

"He's a good shooter and he can stretch the floor and get me opportunities inside," Swift said.

At 6-foot-7 and 205 pounds, Swift is a bit undersized to play power forward in college. Swift believes he will split his time between the four and the three at the next level.

"I think I'll play both. Power forward is my natural position, I can post up really easily and attack the basket," Swift said. "At small forward, I can shoot the ball, attack the basket or find my teammates who are open."

Swift and his team at Yates High School advanced to the state championships this season but lost to Madison High School and fellow SMU recruit Admon Gilder.

"I did what I had to do to get my team to the state championship game but we came up a little short," Yates said. "Now I'm looking forward to college and starting over."

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