2018 forward Cole Swider talks recruitment, Indiana

  • 05/31/2017 11:28 am in

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Three-star wing Cole Swider continued his strong play on the EYBL circuit over the weekend, continuing to show why he has the potential to be one of the best shooters of the 2018 class.

The 6-foot-7 Swider has emerged as one of the purest shooters in the class of 2018. At session four, he averaged 19.3 points per game, including single game outbursts of 28 and 30.

Swider finished the regular season with averages of 19.4 points, 6.3 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 1.6 steals and 0.6 blocks. He’s helped propel Boston Amateur Athletic Club to a 10-6 record over the EYBL regular season, clinching a berth at Peach Jam this summer.

The Barrington, Rhode Island, native scored 30 or more points three times on the circuit and says his game is still a work in progress.

“I’m still improving,” Swider said. “Every single game I just want to go out and win. I’ve been working on my ball handling, my athleticism, my ability to create space. Just everything.”

Not only is Swider a shooter, hitting 42 threes at a 35 percent clip over 16 games of the EYBL circuit, but he’s also willing to do the dirty work. In the session four opener against Georgia Stars, he grabbed a loose ball following a missed free throw and was able to maintain possession by calling for a timeout.

“I’m just a tough player,” Swider said. “I like to get down and dirty. Do things others aren’t willing to do, but then I’ll score for my team, I’ll rebound, do other things as well.”

In early May, Swider trimmed his list to eight schools, with Indiana making the cut alongside Xavier, Creighton, Providence, Miami (FL), Michigan, Syracuse and Villanova. He’s been in contact with both head coach Archie Miller and assistant Tom Ostrom.

“He asks me how I’m doing,” Swider said of his contact with Miller, who he chats with every two to three days. “My Celtics got knocked out, but he was asking me about them. Just a bunch of things. He thinks I’d be a good fit for Indiana.”

But Indiana seems to have significant ground to make up, as schools like Xavier have been recruiting Swider well before Archie Miller took over Indiana.

“(Xavier) texts me and call me every single night,” Swider told Evan Daniels of Scout earlier this month. “They call my grandma. They call my grandfather. They make sure they know every single person in my family and everyone who will be involved in my decision. I feel like they care about me as a person.”

Swider plans on taking visits in the fall, but for now, is focused on the AAU season.

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  • N71

    He’s good at most things but his competitiveness gives him a focus/awareness most lack at his age.

  • AndyCapp

    Like his handles and stroke. If he continues to work these aspects of his game, and especially being 6′-7″, his stock is only going to rise.

    Def awesome to make the cut but “having to make up significant ground” re: recruiting is likely to be a recurring theme through the class of 2018. I still expect Coach to land a significant gem or three through these classes and be REALLY impressed from class of ’19 going forward.

  • TomJameson

    Building a relationship from scratch is time consuming. There are a few recruits where Archie or staff already have a relationship, and that’s fantastic, but with kids like Swider there’s a lot of makeup to do.

    Still think IU will make out okay with 2018, but the 2019 class will have only one opening, unless Archie leaves 1-2 2018 openings unfilled (barring transfers or early departures, of course).

  • HoosierHeel

    Sounds like a bit of a long shot for this young man, but I would love to have him!

    Side note: I feel like 17 year old me would hate getting a phone call EVERY night from a 40+ year old coach in addition to all of the other coaches. That just seems excessive. Coach Archie calling every few days seems much more reasonable.

    We hear about it some from these guys, but the recruiting process has to be so exhausting after a while.

  • Lance76

    I was thinking the same thing about calls every night and to grand parents. What does this board think is too little or too much?

  • Is 35% good for EYBL?

  • HoosierKid

    Would be a good replacement for Hartman, but sounds like we’re too late for the party.

  • Indiana_Banners

    It depends on the recruit. Some kids would hate nightly calls, seems like Swider likes that. Part of recruiting is figuring out the right balance for the prospective player.

  • SCHoosier

    Sounds like IU might have to “”X-out” this guy. Arch ought to be very familiar with how X approaches its recruits..maybe Mr Miller has a strategy up his sleeve. Gonna need a good on me thinks.

  • Molon Labe

    I think it is a little overkill also. I wonder what Kelvin Sampson would think about this many calls?

  • TomJameson

    Remember, not all the calls go to Swider. Some go to the parents and grandparents too.

  • John D Murphy

    Exactly. I’m feeling the same.

  • Hoosier Hall

    That’s what I was wondering… I always figure “pure shooters…” are at least 40% or better.

  • AndyCapp

    Here in the forum and elsewhere I am hearing the class of ’19 (’20?) is expected to be very, very good. I don’t have a seat in his office but from what he has said, keeping scholly’s open is something of an expectation for Coach. So unless he fills up all the open slots after this year with Blue Chipper’s, and for record I’m ok with that but don’t expect it to happen, I believe he will make sure IUBB is in great shape from 2019 onward to have available scholly’s for the best players that fit his system.

  • TomJameson

    Hi Andy. I’ve heard the same things about how Archie doesn’t necessarily feels the need to fill every scholarship, and I have no reason to doubt him. But the possible scholarship availabilities, and number of offers, is really unbalanced. For example:

    There is currently 1 open scholly for this season (2017-18) because of Gelon’s leaving. if unfilled, and barring transfers/early pro entries, that would give IUa total of 6 schollies for the 2018-19 class. There are, I believe, currently 13 offers out to the 2018-19 class. Again barring early departures for whatever reasons, there will be one scholarship open for the 2019-20 class (Juwan Morgans, who will graduate after the 2018-19 season).

    If the object were only to keep balanced classes, it would seem to make sense to leave this one current opening alone, take only four out of the 2018 class, which would leave 3 for the 2019 class. But there is a lot of talent in the 2018 class too (13 offers so far, for 5-6 openings). How can you NOT take a great talent for the possibility of somebody a year later?

    I’m just saying two things here. Archie has a test because of the unbalanced classes he inherited, and has probably has some hard decisions to make in recruiting. The second thing is, that I’m so very glad that I don’t have to make those decisions. 🙂

  • AndyCapp

    Thanks for the summation Tom, I was too lazy to go look at the projected openings for each of the two years… now I can just borrow yours 😉

    I expect Coach to leave GG’s scholly vacant unless there is a quality big out there that he thinks he can land. Using four from 2018 sounds about right although we are so late to that party that I wouldn’t be surprised if he only uses three for his top gets and keeps four open for ’19.

    Just idle speculation and, like you, glad that I don’t have to make those decisions. Are we ready for the season to start or WHAT?!? 😀

  • iugradmark

    For all the reasons you state, I think he will work to use the scholly this year. There are some good guards and forwards that can help and it starts getting us out of the unbalanced situation. If you hold an opening this year and hold again next year and then have some kids transfer, get injured, go pro, etc. you are always behind. I also think Archie really believes in having upper class players build the culture for the incoming players. He won’t waste the scholarship but I think he will find a player that can help and will add him to the roster.