Swinton Finishes Prep Career With MVP

Kevin Swinton finished off his prep basketball career with a bang on Monday, scoring 28 points and pulling down 18 boards en route to a victory as well as the MVP of the East-West All-Star game held in Greensboro, N.C.

"I thought I did alright," Kevin Swinton said after dominating the second half of the game. "I shot free throws kind of bad. That was probably one of my weak points. I tried to rebound real well. All in all I think I had a pretty good game."

Swinton, whose West All-Star squad defeated the East 96-89, capped off a high school career that included a state championship in addition to the MVP award of the state championships and the MVP of the East-West game. "I think it's good," Swinton said of finishing his high school career on a high note with the MVP award. "I've been coming to this game for years and watching some of my friends and some of my brother's friends in this. Just to get the MVP, it kind of tops off my high school career."

Next up for Swinton -- a basketball career in Winston-Salem under Demon Deacon head basketball coach Skip Prosser. Swinton, a 6'7 power forward from Greensboro, committed to Wake Forest in June of 2003 and has been thrilled with his decision ever since. "I just love Wake," Swinton noted as he switched gears from talk of his high school career to his future in Winston-Salem. "I grew up a Carolina fan, my pops is a Carolina fan. But I went on the campus and it's just so nice, great academics and coaches. At that time, they had just come off an ACC Championship. That's where I wanted to go."

The Greensboro native has already enrolled at Wake Forest and is currently in second session summer school. "It's going good," Swinton said. "Right now I'm taking psych. I'm still lifting weights, working out and I room with Cam Stanley. He's showing me around. It's going pretty good. We haven't really been running pick-up lately, but just working out on our own and doing drills together. Everybody did first session but I was the only freshman to take second session."

Although Swinton continues to work on his body in the weightroom, he also continues to work on several other aspects of is game. "My strength and my outside game a little bit," he noted as parts of his game he is currently working to improve. "Basically whatever the coaches tell me I need to do, whatever my role is, I'll try to fulfill it the best I can."

That attitude will help Swinton find the court and fit in on the court; Off the court, he has already jelled with his fellow teammates. "I fit in real good," he said. "They've accepted me and brought me in as a part of the family. We go out and chill together. They're all good guys."

Swinton also spoke about what Deacon fans can expect from his fellow freshmen:

  • "David, he's a tall long body. Real long. 6'10, about 230. He blocks shots well, rebounds well, and can finish pretty good. He's going to be a real strong asset for the team."
  • "Harvey Hale from New Mexico. He's a real good shooting guard. He can put it on the floor, finish. He can shoot the three pretty good."
  • "You have Sharmaine Dukes from Georgia. He's a real good point guard. He's not flashy, but handles the ball real well. He can score. He can hop, he can really hop. That boy can jump."
  • "Then there's me, I'm the last one out of the four. I don't even know, I don't even know. I guess I'd say I can finish. That's my job, to finish when I get the ball, any way possible."

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