Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Jordan Swopshire's Recruitment Wide Open

Jordan Swopshire (Fort Zumwalt South, MO) showed over this past year why he may be the top junior in the state.

Swopshire was one of the 24-players who was selected to the 2011-12 U16 USA Basketball Men's Developmental National Team.

He was also an All-Conference Honorable Mention after averaging 10.1 points, 7.1 rebounds and three assist per game during his sophomore year in high school.

At 6-foot-5, 180-pounds, Swopshire is listed as a small forward but may project as a shooting guard in college.

His perimeter game is great and he has the potential to be a terrific defender but his ball-handling has to improve before making that jump.

Swopshire hasn't received any offers yet but he's hoping this summer will change that. "I just got off the phone with VCU, and Memphis has been following me during my past few tournaments," he said.

"[Memphis] is suppose to be watching me in Vegas, so I think those two schools will be my first two offers."

It should be noted that Jordan's brother, Jared Swopshire was being recruited by Shaka Smart just three years ago when he was an assistant at Clemson.

His brother Jared ended up picking Louisville and Smart missed out on his chance with the older brother but is rolling the dice again with the younger brother.

Memphis and VCU are trying to close in on the 6-5 wing and he's certainly noticing their efforts.

"Memphis and VCU are probably the highest on me right now," he said. "They are all calling my coaches, contacting me and at my games."

Arizona, Florida, Georgetown, Illinois, Louisville, Miami (FL) and Tennessee are the other schools that he's considering right now.

One of the bigger surprises in his recruitment is the lack of effort by Mizzou. Swopshire said that he hasn't heard much from his hometown school Mizzou since the Spring.

"Mizzou they started recruiting me this Spring," he said. "But this July, I haven't seen them or heard from them, so I don't know how that will work."

With no offers, a decision timeline is not in the near future. Right now, he's just focusing on getting better and picking up his first offer.

"Right now, I'm just hoping to get some offers first and take it from there," he said. "I'll probably commit before my senior season though."

Outside of basketball, Swopshire considers himself a true student-athlete. Despite spending most of his time getting better as a basketball player, including waking up at 4 am to put up shots, he is still able to maintain a 3.3 GPA in school. 

He has done a great job of representing himself as, not only a great basketball player, but a great person as well.

Lance Tejada picks up Tennessee interest

Lance Tejada, (Miramar, FL) a 2014 point guard has gained interest from Tennessee. Just yesterday, coaches called his coach inquiring about the 5-foot-11 freshman guard.

Tejada averaged 8.2 points, four assist, 2.5 steals and 2.1 rebounds per game. He also led Miramar High School to a 20-7 (12-0) record and finish top-5 for freshman in the state of Florida in steals and assist.

Central Florida and Miami (FL) are the other schools that have showed interest.

Myles Davis commits to Xavier

Myles Davis (Notre Dame Prep, MA) ended his recruitment with a verbal commitment to Xavier. Davis joins a recruiting class that already features 7-4 center Sim Bhullar and 6-10 power forward James Farr.

"I would like to announce that I will be a Musketeer at Xavier University," Davis said late night on his Twitter account.

Davis is a combo-guard with a very strong perimeter game. His abilities compliment the already committed players and his jump shot will definitely be an asset for Xavier.