West Virginia Seeing Competition In Recruitment of Dylan Swingle

Dylan Swingle has just begun his junior year of high school, but the Ohio big man has already compiled an impressive list of summer titles, and is building a solid recruiting interest list.

Swingle, who has played on different summer travel squads, had an impressive tour with the powerful All-Ohio Red squad prior to his junior season. 

"We won the Peach Jam and the Super Showcase in Florida, and some other good tournaments," Swingle said in recapping his summer.

Those victories also included a championship at the prestigious Nike EBYL Tournament in Indianapolis, Ind., making for a trio of very highly-regarded tournament wins.

Swingle, who WVU offered back in May of 2015, also had time to squeeze in a visit to West Virginia's team camp with his Paint Valley High School squad over the summer. The Bearcats also took home top honors with a win at the camp, giving Swingle a nice cap on his summer activity. He didn't take much time off, though. He also participated in other individual camps, where he received good reviews for his soft shooting touch and passing ability.

"We started [back to school] on Thursday, and I am just playing basketball," said Swingle, who is concentrating all of his efforts on his play on the court.

With a busy hoops schedule, which will only grow more crowded as recruiting activity increases, it's no surprise that the big man is focusing on just one sport. Swingle's location at small Paint Valley kept him hidden from recruiters for the first couple of seasons of his high school career, but West Virginia was on him early. That, combined with his excellent summer play, has more schools offering and showing interest. He recently added Akron to the WVU and George Washington offers he already held, and is getting interest from Pitt, where he will visit, Ohio State, Xavier and Dayton. He does not have a return trip set to WVU, but remains very interested in the Mountaineer program, and is expected to again make it over to campus for a game this coming season.


Swingle has a nice mix of talents for a big man. He is good in the post, and can score when backing down a defender, but he might be even better at stepping out to the mid-range, where he can knock down 10-12 foot jumpers and pass the ball effectively. That latter ability is one that draws Bob Huggins' attention, and it's also one that was picked up by a number of talent evaluators. Swingle makes good decisions when he gets the ball, and finds open teammates when defenses collapse on him.

Swingle has not set a timetable for any decisions in his recruiting process.

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