McSwain: Kansas State, Indiana are top two schools

  • 04/11/2016 10:02 pm in

Neosho County Community College (Kan.) forward Freddie McSwain said Monday night that his top two schools are Kansas State and Indiana and that he plans to make a decision following his upcoming visit to Bloomington.

The 6-foot-6 forward visited Kansas State over the weekend and has a visit to Indiana scheduled for April 18-20.

Indiana coach Tom Crean watched McSwain work out on March 29 and offered him a scholarship the same day.

“We’ve been talking for a while,” McSwain told Inside the Hall shortly after receiving an offer from Indiana. “They are a great coaching staff. They’ve been telling me they love my game. They told me I don’t know how good I really can be and they believe in me.”

According to Neosho’s website, McSwain averaged more than 14 points and eight rebounds per game this past season and shot 54.2 percent from the field.

A native of Hinesville, Georgia, McSwain was named the Region VI tournament MVP as a sophomore at Neosho and was also named first team All-KJCC and first team All-region.

McSwain had listed five schools – Auburn, Bradley, Indiana, Illinois State and Kansas State – as recently as March 31, but is now focused on the Hoosiers and the Wildcats.

Indiana does not have a scholarship open currently for next season, but that could change if Troy Williams decides to stay in the NBA draft or another player opts to transfer.

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  • ForeverIU

    And other than that, I sometimes find you quite funny and smart. LOL.

  • lug

    Say Freddie chooses Kansas State your point is 20 years from now he can say “Yeah I went to Kansas State and was only two hours away from Kansas City and it was great that one time we drove there” You make a great point …..I guess. The kid will be using his two years to elevate himself to be getting paid to play basketball and will rarely leave the gym and when he does Indianapolis is only 45 minutes away and will suit him just fine.

  • Ole Man

    Holt was a high character kid.
    No matter how you may want to play it.

  • Ole Man

    Kansas City is cow town USA. Have been there; and if you want anything other than a steak, good luck finding a decent restaurant.
    Most boring city in the country.

  • Ole Man

    In other words: I’m a champion troll; visiting the IU board to post nonsense about stuff I know nothing about.

    There. I’ve corrected all your posts for you.

  • Ole Man

    ROFL! Great one!

  • Ole Man

    Using Kansas City and culture in the same sentence creates an oxymoron.

  • Koko

    Very true….would love to have him back.

  • Ole Man

    A lot of us would. However, I think slim and none are his chances.
    I also think CTC wanted to keep him, but his hand was forced by IU’s President.

  • Koko

    LOL

  • Koko

    Agree on both points especially the second one.

  • And if you don’t think they and their parents don’t read these, you’re very separated from reality. THAT was shown way back when Troys’ Mom read some of the posts on here and some other blogs about Crean and the smoking marijuana issues at that time we’re going on.. and she mentioned these sites, and all of the bad mouthing that was going on at the time.., in her… ‘I think Troy should go to Syracuse interview’.. So don’t think they don’t read and think about what is being said.. In addition, I am sleeping very well knowing that I think the kid can come in here work hard and be a contributor. I’m betting that’s what the coaches are telling him.. and I am darned sure they aren’t telling him he’ll be no better than a 10th or 11th spot at the end of the bench.. So your comments are in his best interests??? I highly doubt that, because you are in fact trying to put some unfounded limit on what he may be able to do and the contribution he may be able to make.. When you really have no idea.. (Ok so I left out ‘freaking’..). Do you think the coaches are telling him that?

  • Sarasota Hoosier

    Don’t know him personally so all I have to base my statement on is his dismissal from the IU basketball program for violations of team rules. Maybe he was a victim of circumstance, but the facts are what they are.

  • ForeverIU

    What’s special about McSwain that you want to “vet him out”? Why is he guilty until proven innocent?

  • No probably not, but I did think it was interesting all of the guys on here were just sitting by nicely and letting that jerk post anything.. Even when he got to calling IU and Bloomington derogatory names.. Some were even responding to him as if he was really credible..
    Anyway I don’t mind you expressing your side of an issue, but you know I’m not being a gestapo type on here.. I don’ think when I’ve contributed in other discussion that you were involved in, I haven’t made personal attack on you for your position on an issue.. The only reason I was getting on PCA was his personal attack when he responded.. In effect he was saying the same thing as that troll.. saying McFly might as well go elsewhere.. When he has no idea what McFly’s ceiling might be. There were people saying that about OG and JM when they first signed also.. And how wrong they were. Me I’m trusting the coaches to get guys in here that they think can contribute..
    I don’t even care, it’s not worth any further discussion as far as I’m concerned. I’ve already wasted more time than it’s worth.

  • Sarasota Hoosier

    To go to Indiana University, all players must be properly vetted. The fact he is coming from a junior college tells me we should take an extra close look. Why did he go to junior college and not straight to D1? I know, he only recently started playing basketball, but the situation just calls for a little closer review, in my opinion. I could be totally wrong here but I believe Devan Dumes was the last JC player to go to IU, and as I recall, he recently beat a murder charge against him. I don’t think IU has had a JC player under CTC.

  • Koko

    I would imagine the “vetting” was done prior to offering him a scholly. Don’t you think?

  • pcantidote

    You cannot be serious! The Troy Williams’ mom thing was people going to HER instagram page and bad mouthing Troy. That is a lot different than a recruit seeking out a somewhat unknown website and scanning the comments to help make his decision. That is just ridiculous. I would have never believed that anyone would ever think that if you hadn’t said it.

    As for your opinion on what he could do at IU — it is just that — an opinion. You have yours and I have mine. I am quite comfortable with letting you have yours, and I am quite sure that mine will not impact our recruiting **eye roll**.

  • No that wasn’t.. it happened way back when he was making his final decision.. and it’s been mentioned since.. She brought up this site and in fact I believe she even posted on this site on one occasion.. so you can roll your eyes if you want, but me, I ‘m sticking with what the coaches see in these guys. I’m also betting you were likely one of them who said OG and JM would never see more than mop up time when they signed as well.. So go ahead roll them eyes..

  • Sarasota Hoosier

    hope so, but I would hope that Devin Davis, Holt, Stan had been looked at properly too. I know you can only do so much.

  • pcantidote

    Dude you can’t even get your story straight. You are talking about Thomas Bryant’s mom, not Troy. And no, she didn’t bring up this site or post on it. You are DELUSIONAL.

    And no I never said that about OG or JM. Keep trying.

  • Oops, you’re right it was TB’s mom, but that still goes to show you, kids and their parents do read these and it can have an impact.. And I didn’t say you did say that about OG or JM, I said you likely are.. but you’re assigning the same thing to McFly that a lot of guys did to those two.. The point is, if Crean and the rest of the coaches see something in this guy.. well I’d trust their judgment a whole bunch more than yours. Because you have no idea. They’ve seen him in person.. you’ve watch one or two short videos.. If you’re that good you should request a meeting with Crean to let him know, there’s really no reason to waste time on this guy any further.

  • pcantidote

    By offering him, the only thing you can definitively conclude that CTC sees is that either (1) he thinks they will have an open spot or (2) there is at least 1 player currently on scholarship that McSwain is better than. I would agree with both of those points. CTC’s job is to have the best roster possible. Offering McSwain in no way implies that CTC thinks he can crack the rotation next year, only that he is good enough to be on the team.

  • Koko

    Stan wasn’t kicked off the team. He transferred to Rhode Island. Davis and Holt had the bad judgement to hang around with HMP. There have been no more problems since HMP finally left campus. HMP is the one that should have been vetted better. Davis and Holt are young and impressionable kids that made the wrong decision to hang around with HMP.

  • dwdkc

    I don’t think JC reflects on character. Kids go for lots of reasons–they need to pull their grades/scores up (which might have more to do with the public school they came from), they might not get the scholarship they hope for and rules allow you to immediately transfer from JC to college, so it’s a better route maybe than the schools willing to give them a scholly originally, etc. IU had no problems with JC guys in the 80s (two of them helped get them a title and one is a pro coach today) and many schools have had good results with them.

  • Luke Mcvicker

    Thats right to go to kstate

  • Luke Mcvicker

    Tough luck hoosiers he is going to be a wildcat . And play in the conference in the country

  • Koko

    Are we supposed to fill in the blank?……play in the ….. conference in the country? If you’re gonna troll at least review your posts before you post them. Have you seen the early polls? One big 12 team and four Big Ten teams….IU #9 and KSU no where on that list. If you think kids don’t look at stuff like that then you are missing out on important information. If he doesn’t come to IU it will be because we don’t have a scholly for him.

  • IUMIKE1

    In this situation I see successful being used in the context of, there were no complications during the actual surgery, rather than in a, he has successfully overcome his injury completely, type of way. Guess maybe I’m just wary from having had key players have “successful” surgery only to have some kind of complication from the original injury rear it’s ugly head down the road a ways. In short I guess what I’m trying to say is I’ve learned the hard way not to use the word successful, when referring to an injury and it not being a factor anymore, until every single little lingering sign of the injury has been gone for some time.

  • IUMIKE1

    I was wondering if there was some kind of monetary help for someone that was designated as a preferred walk on as opposed to someone that was simply allowed to walk on. There are both types of walk ons, preferred and just walk ons, right ?

  • IUMIKE1

    Agreed, that’s why I put shouldn’t and should in quotation marks. I have personally seen, on more than one occasion, where the surgery was “successful”, but that there were complications from the original injury down the road somewhere, sometimes minor things, but I”ve also seen major complications as well. When it comes to JBJ’s injury we may not know the complete situation with his until he gets a few games behind him and gets to go up against top flight competition. How well he has been able to recover and how much he has bought into the whole gotta be a whole lot better at defense thing. People can say what they want about how he was able to see how much better we were as a team when we got a whole lot better defensively, but where he’s actually at in that respect will not be obvious until he is on the floor and playing against stiff competition.

  • Sarasota Hoosier

    Don’t think I said he was kicked off team, but his name was always mentioned in the same context as breaking rules. If I recall, he was suspended for 2 games for breaking team rules.

  • Outoftheloop

    Walk-ons are just students who get to practice and may dress for home games, but there may be limits on the number of players dressing. My understanding is that “Preferred” walk-ons get some perks: tutoring, strength and conditioning, training table, etc., but NO money!