Monday, September 26, 2011

Swopshire Lands His First Offer

Jordan Swopshire, (SportsQuest Academy, VA) a 6-6 small forward, has to be one of the most underrated prospects in the class of 2013.

The athletic, lean, sharpshooter has yet to reel in any high major offers but has continued to prove himself as one of the best wings in a stacked recruiting class.

Not only was Swopshire named to the USA Developmental National Team but was also selected to the USA Basketball Boys 3-on-3 Youth World Championship Team in Italy.

The most recent trip to Italy didn't end as planned but he still walked away a better player.

"Yes definitely," he said of leaving a better player. "I was the distributor, which is a role I never played before. So it was good"

The USA team that also featured Shaqquan Aaron, Rondae Jefferson and Malik Price-Martin, finished eighth in the tournament with a 7-5 record.

"It was great other than the fact that we lost," he said. "[It was] the best experience of my life."

Swopshire's recruitment should be on the rise after his high school season is over, and as he heads into his final year of AAU basketball.

So far, he's had interest from Arizona, Florida, Georgetown, Illinois, Louisville, Miami (FL) and Tennessee. Memphis and VCU are still on him the hardest, despite the fact that neither one has decided to offer yet.

The lone school that stands as his only offer is Kent State, who is new to his recruitment. East Carolina is also a new name in his circle and could offer as well.

After returning from Italy, Swopshire mains focus has been on improving and getting ready for basketball season. A few coaches are expected to make their rounds out to Virginia to see the 6-6 swingman.

"Only one has come," he said of coaches coming to his open gyms. But also added, "Tennessee, Memphis and East Carolina are coming in within these next two weeks."

He said that he wanted to visit VCU after he returned back from Italy and hasn't done so yet but still plans on it.

"No, not yet," he said of visiting VCU. "I will before the season though."

With the recent improvements to his game and continued development of his frame, Swopshire will soon be a hot commodity. He already has a great jump shot but coaches are looking forward to him developing his handle to become more of a slashing threat. As he continues to improve on that, his offer list will only grow.