JUCO forward Freddie McSwain joins IU’s 2016 recruiting class

  • 04/24/2016 6:32 pm in

Indiana’s 2016 recruiting class now has a fifth member.

Class of 2016 Neosho County Community College (Kan.) forward Freddie McSwain announced for the Hoosiers in a ceremony on Sunday night. McSwain picked Indiana over Kansas State.

“I’d like to thank Kansas State for everything,” McSwain said. “But I’m going to Indiana.”

In an interview with Inside the Hall prior to his announcement, McSwain cited player development as a major reason for his interest in the program.

“What stands out to me about Indiana is the player development,” he said. “I worked out with them and saw a lot of things that were new to me, that I hadn’t seen before. Coach (Tom) Crean saw a lot of things that I needed to work on in my game and I like that.”

Indiana offered McSwain a scholarship on Tuesday, March 29 and hosted him for an official visit from April 18-20. The 6-foot-6 forward joins De’Ron Davis, Curtis Jones, Devonte Green and Grant Gelon in the 2016 recruiting class.

In his second season at Neosho, McSwain averaged more than 14 points and eight rebounds per game and shot 54.2 percent from the field as the Panthers finished 30-6.

Neosho’s season ended on March 16 in the second round of the National Junior College Athlete Association national tournament in Hutchinson (Kan.) with a 73-72 loss to Gillete College. McSwain had a team-high 19 points and 11 rebounds in that contest.

McSwain said that Indiana began to show heavy interest in him right around the time of the national tournament.

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

In a 66-58 upset win over Hutchinson (Kan.) in the Region VI final on March 3, McSwain scored a game-high 17 points, including 12 in the second half.

In addition to Indiana and Kansas State, he also had offers from Auburn, Bradley, Illinois State, Marquette, UNLV and several others, according to his profile on 247Sports.

The addition of McSwain brings Indiana to 13 scholarship players on paper, assuming junior forward Troy Williams remains in the NBA draft.

Williams, who is expected to graduate in May, announced his intentions to enter the draft earlier this month, but has not hired an agent, which leaves him the option to return for his senior season. He was in Texas over the weekend working out with John Lucas and is expected to be among the players invited to next month’s NBA draft combine in Chicago.

McSwain joins Thomas Bryant, De’Ron Davis, Juwan Morgan, Collin Hartman and OG Anunoby in what should be a deep and versatile frontcourt next winter in Bloomington.

Several preseason top 25’s have Indiana in the top 15 and the addition of McSwain should add elite athleticism and depth to the roster.

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  • ForeverIU

    Right here! LOL.

  • ForeverIU

    Top 5! A pretty bold prediction, especially coming from Ole Man. Without Yogi, Nick, Max … ?

  • SCHoosier

    This kid can be a killer in the open court. Wonder how his coach ranks his defense.?

  • pcantidote

    Why, you don’t think TW can get playing time over him? I don’t see this decision as at all related to TW’s decision.

  • inLinE6

    No but someone else will have to leave the program to make space. I honestly think it’s a watershed for Priller to determine his future. If he still wants to play basketball, he better thinks about where to finish his career. But of course if there’s a scholarship available for him and he’s willing to watch on the bench, nobody would complain. A nice kid who’s just not able to contribute on the court.

  • pcantidote

    Yeah, if I were him I would move on. I have never liked how fans cheer for players like him in a mocking way. I wouldn’t want to be that guy. He is a good basketball player that is just in over his head. He could be a star somewhere.

  • HuntinHoosier86

    Ha! Nah, didn’t get a chance to go today. Wife left for Indy with a friend to see Mumford and Sons so I spent the day with my two year old. He’s a blast though. Almost taught him the whole IU fight song!

  • HuntinHoosier86

    You still think TW’s leaving to play pro ball? I do.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Huntin, did you get my reply the other day?

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    I am really big into hunting here in Illinois.

  • HuntinHoosier86

    No, I didn’t catch it, sorry. I’m here in Henryville, IN. Been seeing any birds? I’m pretty sure ours have quit strutting now. Indiana’s season comes in too late. I’m WAY more into deer hunting anyway.

  • ForeverIU

    I think he is leaving, whether to play pro ball or do something else. But Ole Man’s TW nostalgia makes me not wanna manifest this reality. LOL.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Turkey season for us is in 2 weeks. Many hunters won’t do it because of the ticks. Our population is huge. Beautiful birds.

  • HuntinHoosier86

    Yeah, I know what you mean. I don’t want to see him go but at the same time I know there’s a time for everything. If he goes, we’re all gonna miss those back cuts and high flying action off a pass from Yogi! I guess the Damn Yankees were right……..you really DON’T know what ya got, ’til it’s gone…

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Because the turkey population is so large now the bobcat population is large which is also hunted. I will never do that. White tail hunting is also my biggest love.

  • ForeverIU

    Yeah. Also, I thought the “Huntin” in your name was for hunting banners, LOL. That would make a good name: BannerHuntin.

  • ForeverIU

    Spare us your godamn hunter talk. LOL.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Ok!

  • ForeverIU

    And I’m not a vegetarian, I promise.

  • HuntinHoosier86

    You need to get Sawyer’s permethrin spray. It was developed by the military and that stuff WORKS. I pick it up at Walmart for like ten bucks. Comes in a yellow spray bottle. Hang your clothes (socks and everything) outside and spray them front and back (don’t inhale the stuff). Let them dry for 3-4 hours and voila! No ticks, chiggers, or even mosquitoes will get on you. And, the ones that do will die within 10 seconds. Lasts up to 40 days or 8 washings. Sorry to ramble, but I used to get ticks terribly and I haven’t had any in over 3 years thanks to that stuff. To the other guys, didn’t mean to high jack the thread, but Lyme disease is no joke and I gotta help a brother out!

  • HuntinHoosier86

    LOL! Just from reading your past posts over the years, my guess is you’d fit in real well with the hipster crowd, no?

  • BL

    Nice! Three year old granddaughter has it down. Learned last season. Tried to upload the video but file size too big. Bummer.

  • ForeverIU

    I could never understand this type of pigeon-holing, LOL. I just like the sea and salt water.

  • HuntinHoosier86

    Ha! No. I thought my kid standing in a picked soybean field would’ve given it away. IU basketball and the outdoors are two big passions for me! Deer season and IU basketball just happen to start at the same time so when October and November rolls around, my wife is pretty much a widow, LOL!

  • HuntinHoosier86

    That’s great! Mine sorta fumbles through but gets the “BAH BAH BAH BAH BAAAAAHHHH…….IU!!!!” At the end every time. Hahaha

  • ForeverIU

    Are you your wife’s only hobby?

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Forever is great. Actually in a way the ITH board and members are important to me.

  • HuntinHoosier86

    Hey, I don’t blame you a bit there. Deep sea fishing with my cousins for barracuda in Sarasota was a memory I’ll never forget. Those fish are poisonous to eat as adults, but the young ones eat like a steak. We grilled them and they were awesome to eat and catch!

  • ForeverIU

    Thanks, IU 34. Anyone who remembers and liked Bruce’s is my friend. LOL.

  • HuntinHoosier86

    I agree. Not to sound like a Facebook stalker, but I’ve literally read every discussion on ITH since Cody Zeller committed and most of the mainstays on these boards seem like pretty cool dudes. Old man especially cracks me up a lot of times. I just started posting this year. Figured I’ve been standing in the shadows long enough.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Man oh man what a time and place that was. Words can’t be written accurately how important IT was and the experience I charished not only academic and on the football field.

  • cbags05

    One thing is for sure. He will have a better cell and wifi signal in bloomington.

  • HuntinHoosier86

    No! LOL. I just mean that she knows I’ll be out hunting a lot, but in the past few years SHE has started hunting. She got two coyotes opening day of gun season last year and has already gotten deer with her rifle and bow. She’s a hell of a woman and a knockout. Not to sound like a tool but #blessed.

  • ForeverIU

    Believe it or not, I only went to Bruce’s Cafe twice. But the magic of that place was unbelievable. It just encapsulated everything IU Basketball and Bloomington during those years.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Uh oh,,,,,he is going to get you for not saying or stating Ole Man vs Old Man. I think he is actually younger than me.

  • HuntinHoosier86

    Just edited! Damn autocorrect!!

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Perfect to that!!!!

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Lol!!!!!! He got you Huntin.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Believe me InLine, you aren’t wrong as many times as I. Bleeding Crimson is going to kill me if Yogi isn’t the 4th picked guard in the draft. I pounded the table on that one.

  • HuntinHoosier86

    I NEVER SHOULD HAVE STARTED POSTING ON ITH!!! YOU GUYS ARE MEAN! ::::::runs away crying:::::::

  • ForeverIU

    McSoar or McSwirl would have also been nice. Are you a Scott Ole Man? LOL.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Send pictures!!!!!! Kidding.

  • ForeverIU

    I thought hunters are tough guys!!

  • HuntinHoosier86

    I could never understand this kind of pigeon holing, LOL!

  • ForeverIU

    If a deer attacked you, would you run? LOL.

  • HuntinHoosier86

    Yep and have. It was a buck in rut and I was sitting on the ground scouting a new area. I was just starting to learn to hunt and let it get too close until he was about 4 feet away and I moved my arm and he ran straight at me and past me, so I got up and ran back to the truck. LOL. I was only 13

  • Outoftheloop

    Not at all! That is 100% up to Troy!

  • ForeverIU

    LOL!

  • Outoftheloop

    Then you missed Mid Burger’s. She gave free milk-shakes and burgers to every IU athlete and every Bloomington athlete for years. She had the original court side seats before Bobby even arrived!

  • ForeverIU

    Wow!