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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  • marcusgresham

    Losing those three isn’t great, but the depth on this team next year is pretty remarkable. Eleven or twelve guys could see significant playing time.

  • marcusgresham

    Devin Davis would have been a redshirt. Actually, he WAS a redshirt. He still has two years to play for the Demonseed.

  • ForeverIU

    Yogi’s shoes are too huge to fill. Not saying we won’t, but it’s just too early to tell.

  • dwdkc

    I think it means Troy told him during his visit that he was turning pro. Otherwise there are precious few minutes available

  • chiv86

    I agree. Yogi was our go to guy on both ends of the floor, floor general and leader. Those are some tough qualities to replace. No one player will be able to replace all of those but I hope different players take on that challenge. That will determine what this team can accomplish next year.

  • Are you kidding? He didn’t come here to be red shirted.. Why would you think that? He’d probably transfer out before that year was even up..

  • Absolutely…

  • Ole Man

    Welsh. We taught the Scots how to fight. Haw

  • Ole Man

    That’s why I said the focus should be on D.
    We obviously are gonna drop off a little (or a lot) on O.
    Create an identity as a junkyard D!
    Let the O come from that.

  • Ole Man

    Agree 100%.
    Troy won’t make up his mind until after the “camps”.
    He’ll sit down with Uncle Bo and sort it out.
    McFly’s decision has nothing to do with Troy.

  • Hoosierkamp

    Really nice get. I think this guys athleticism and toughness is huge and I think we can play a lot more “switching man” defense

    This team can be elite defensively next season if everyone buys in

  • Bob,notBob


  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    excited to see what this kid can do. i’m hoping he can be an energy guy, someone who can clean up the boards, play lockdown d, make an impact with limited minutes. guessing he won’t be more than an opportunistic scorer, but i almost see that as a good thing. i don’t think scoring will a problem again next year. i think the offense looks a lot different without YF at the helm, but i’d be surprised if their PPG goes down much.

  • ForeverIU

    The Bowmans and the Fletchers!

  • ForeverIU

    Music to my ears.

  • BL

    Knew her and her husband Bob. Great people.

  • ForeverIU

    You have no idea what this guy can do. He is our next Anunoby!

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    interesting you say that, because i think he can play a role similar to OG’s last season. not a lot will be asked of him, no particular expectations. just go out there and make an impact with strength and athleticism. play smart, take the shot when it’s there. that sort of thing.

  • BL

    Now, it’s all about how many return truly healthy.

  • millzy32

    Everyone is thinking Troy’s gone but maybe someone who never ever plays will be gone instead. You never know.

  • millzy32

    Probably not a star but he could play at a much smaller school. Maybe we just trade him to NEOSHO straight up.

  • Hardwood83

    Not kidding, so why do I think that? Because he’s only played 4yrs of organized ball and from the video clips and what I’ve read I think he’d benefit tremendously from a year of development. Great athlete that is a little raw.
    While I understand that isn’t what HE wants, nor is it what CTC is going to do (notice the ” I know it won’t happen” in my post) I believe a R/S would help him reach his potential. Tons of examples of players making huge strides, exhibit A: Ethan Happ at Wisconsin. I don’t know how good he was as a true Freshman, but I’m certain he benefited from a year of practicing against Frank Kaminsky everyday.
    No reason to argue since we all agree that ain’t happening, so we’ll just hope Freddie blows up over the next 2 seasons. Personally, I want him to completely posterize Haas.

  • Hoosierkamp

    When Tom Crean is not considered on the hot seat, the man is a beast in recruiting. (He even got Bryant when on the hot seat)

    So important for TC to keep it rolling and for the fanbase to support as well

  • Bill Graham

    Great addition. Very O.G. like. Seems to have better ball-handling skills than O.G. but not as good in the post and shooting the ball. I’m looking forward to a lot of put-back slams this year between him and O.G. (if Troy comes back) the ball might never even hit the floor rebounding wise.

  • INUnivHoosier

    Are you going to wear an orange vest to all the games now?

  • Takes the whole concept of “instant replay” to another level entirely.

  • Once I saw that he spent time with TW during his visit, that was precisely my immediate thought as well.

  • Hoosierfan323

    How’s it goin “Huntin” I live in Sellersburg but go to church in Henryville. Thinking possibly you and I have crossed paths. I’m just about like you. Have lived in the shadows a lot on this board but ITH is the absolute best site on the internet.

  • I really consider last season to be a watershed in CTC’s development (yes, I think coaches can develop just like players can). I think we have good reason to be excited about things going forward.

  • Freemason

    The time when IU started getting heavenly involved with McSwain’s recruitment tells me TW will either go pro or transfer. IMO.

  • HuntinHoosier86

    Yeah, there have been times where I’ve wanted to tear my hair out disagreeing with others that have posted, but never put my own two cents in. Figured now was as good a time as any to get involved.

  • AndyCapp

    My very first post on ITH although been reading for years. As soon as I saw your post on Bruce’s I was like, I GOTTA get in on this! What a great place and great people. Had forgotten the name since I attended IU in late 80s-early 90s but will never forget their eggs and plate of hash browns after the saloons had closed 😀

  • We all agree it won’t happen and really it shouldn’t happen and it can’t happen. he would be gone as soon as he came so that as an alternative is really not computing. He may be a little raw, but not so much more in fact not as much as the standard college Freshman.. he’s at least had two pretty successful years at a junior college and that is somewhat superior to most High School players, unless they’re on some very high quality basketball factory high school.. Really it’s not worth wasting any more discussion on, because it just ain’t in the cards. If anyone gets redshirted maybe GG but my understanding is, it still takes up a scholarship, so why do it, other than for medical reasons?

  • Yes the odds may get ‘longer’, but maybe not as much longer as we might think.Really if McFly really develops and can just dribble and penetrate without losing the ball on 60% of his attempts, we may really have something here. Not suggesting he’s going to be as good on the upside as Troy right out of the box, but lets’ just see what he gives us as he matures. I’m thinking we’re going to be very happy with this guy.

  • ?? For me, who is obviously ‘slower’ than the rest.. I don’t understand.
    Orange vest, hmmmmmm???

  • BL

    Yeah, I don’t think the issue is McFly. He’s a really nice pick-up and I expect him to contribute say 10 minutes a game (primarily defense and rebounding) in his rookie campaign, and then a bigger payoff his senior year.

    If Troy departs, we will have lost the following key offensive production from last year’s BIG season:
    1. Yogi – 36 MPG – 18 PPG
    2. TW – 26 MPG – 12 PPG
    3. MB – 18 MPG – 8 PPG
    4. NZ – 21 MPG – 7 PPG

    Question is, how will we make up the 45 PPG? I could see TB and RJ increasing their averages say 6 and 4 points, respectively. That still leaves 35 PPG. We’re clearly going to need at least a couple more players to really take on a significant offensive load. Obvious candidates are JBJ, JN, OG and DD. I feel like each of the four can contribute but one’s coming off injury, one we’ve never really seen play, one is raw but has a ton of potential, and one is an unproven freshman. I think they’ll get it done but let’s face it, the odds are longer than having TW. Troy’s a sure thing at 12 PPG and maybe a few more.

  • You make an excellent point. No doubt about it, TW’s production will be missed. one could speculate that Yogi’s points could be made up pretty easily by JBJ,, if he returns healthy, as we expect him to be.. that leaves about 65 minutes per game and really will JBJ be able to go the 36 MPG that Yogi was logging? Doubtful.. but it also leaves 27 points per game, to be absorbed by additional production from TB, and OG, JM, RJ, DD, JN, CJ, DG and hopefully McSwain. I mean all of this is doable, but it also means if we lose Troy we’re going to need these guys to really step up big time. Some of the newcomers like CuJo and DevGr, hopefully can be contributors by the end of the season…

  • TW won’t transfer, that would be ludicrous. he will likely go pro, but he likes IU to well to transfer.. Not sure why you’d speculate that, would you care to enlighten us?

  • BL

    Don’t look now but in case you didn’t see the announcement, we may lose JBJ as well. He’s going to test the NBA waters.

  • bleeding crimson

    For one thing the scolly’s always work out….as far as Yogi going Pro I don’t see how he doesn’t….will he be 4th guard pick?

  • Darrell Allen

    Too young to remember Ray Tolbert & Landon Turner playing side by side?

  • I saw that.. But I really don’t think he’s going.. do you? It makes sense for him to get an evaluation and see where they put him right now though.. You know with the injury and everything, there’d be no way he’s going in the first two rounds. JMO, but I don’t think so. This way he also can go through an announcement that he’s coming back, so what has he got to lose?

  • BL

    Frankly, I was shocked when I first saw the news. I would be very surprised if he’s in the physical shape to participate and shine in the combine or team workouts. Only thing I can figure is he wants to keep his name on the radar screen for scouts and NBA execs.

  • Well I was also, when I first read the story. I can’t believe all the ‘flak’ he’s getting on here over it either. But really when you think about it, why not? He probably isn’t as sharp shooting as he was right before the injury. But he probably won’t be asked to perform a whole lot of grueling physical stuff anyway, given his condition just coming off the injury. I guess if I was him, I’d like to know what scouts are thinking about his chances, right now. It’s not like it’s going to cost him anything. He gets an opinion again on what he should be working on to improve, again, really why not? I’m sure he’ll be back at IU next year. I’d be shocked at anything else.

  • INUnivHoosier

    From Back to the Future. Marty McFly wore that red-orange vest.

  • Freemason

    It would be ludicrous for me to enlighten you. Troll. How can one opinion be ludicrous. Get a life and stop stalking me. Once again I’m married.

  • REALLY you troll? I could give a $hit less of you’re married or not. That only seems to be a problem with you. No one on here wants your ugly a$$. You are without a doubt the dumbest A$$ that Trolls this site. Go back to your mama’s nipple baby.. that’s where you belong. Does he know you’re out.. do the rest of the inmates at the asylum know you’re missing?

  • Freemason

    It’s not my fault you have a crush on me old man. Those are some nice comments coming from someone that pays lot rent….real classy.

  • You are one pathetic dude.. I’ve made more money in my life than you will ever even dream about.
    Tell ya what, mama’s little baby.. It’d be interesting to know how long it has taken you to get your head worked so far up your a$$.. You must have made that happen in record time…

  • Carlos Jacare

    He did worse than whine about it. The 2 times we played them that season, UI players were openly thugging on EG. The order to do that had to have come from Weber. The B10 is supposed to be above gangsta ball. The B10 way to do it, is if you are upset at a team over something, be upstanding about it and kick their butt on the scoreboard, NOT try to hurt one of their players. That was trash, and I think it backfired on him, and was a factor in how long it took him to get another HC situation.