2017-18 Player Profile: Freddie McSwain

  • 11/01/2017 10:22 am in

With the start of college basketball season on the horizon, we’ve transitioned from our look at other Big Ten programs to our player-by-player previews of the 2017-18 Indiana roster. Today, our profiles continue with a look at Freddie McSwain.

One of five seniors on Archie Miller’s first IU roster, Freddie McSwain is ready for one final go-round in Bloomington.

McSwain appeared in 31 games as a junior, averaging 2.7 points and 2.5 rebounds in 8.1 minutes per game.

It took the 6-foot-6 forward a few months to acclimate himself to the Division I game, but by the end of the season, McSwain became a valued contributor. Of the 84 points McSwain scored last season, 43 came in February or March.

The forward also turned the ball over considerably less as the season went on. After committing 23 turnovers in his first 27 appearances, McSwain didn’t turn the ball over at all in the 43 minutes he played over the final four games of the season.

“(I) just got confident at the end of the season,” McSwain said at IU media day. “The game slowed down at the end of the season, and I just believed in myself, and I knew I could play this game at this next level.”

The Hinesville, Georgia native proved himself to be, percentage wise, the best rebounder on last year’s squad, grabbing a team-high 17.1 percent of available boards on the offensive end and 18.3 percent on the defensive end when he was on the floor (per KenPom).

McSwain appears to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the arrival of Clif Marshall, the new director of athletic performance. Already one of the strongest players on the squad, McSwain set the program’s all-time bench press record over the summer with 30 reps.

McSwain’s jumper is still a work in progress, but has shown signs of improvement. He missed all three of his field goal attempts from three last year but has been shooting the triple with confidence in warm-ups. McSwain was considerably better inside the three-point arc as a junior, making 58 percent of his 55 two-point field goal attempts. In conference play, that number shot up to 61 percent.

In the exhibition against Marian, McSwain played 13 minutes, finishing with four points, four rebounds and two blocks while picking up two fouls.

Bottom line: McSwain will be one of the first bigs off the bench for the Hoosiers, and will rely on his strength inside to cause matchup problems. McSwain’s rebounding ability will be vital, and it will be incumbent upon him to stay out of foul trouble.

Quotable: “Just focusing on the same things I was focusing on last year. Doing what the team needs me to do. Be a defensive stopper, a great rebounder, just try to make plays in the post. Being an all-around player. Doing whatever the team needs me to do,” McSwain at media availability before the Marian exhibition.

PreviouslyJustin SmithClifton MooreAl Durham Jr., De’Ron Davis, Curtis JonesDevonte Green, Juwan Morgan, Zach McRoberts, Robert Johnson, Tim Priller

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  • Arch Puddington

    Freddie has looked a good bit more relaxed and skilled with the ball in his hands thus far. Small sample size, but a hopeful one.

    Never mind that, though. That is without questions the best picture ever posted on a “Player Profile” article.

  • sarge

    FM can make a name for himself this year. He has all the physical tools to set records IU greats couldn’t even touch. Now with some extra playing time and more confidence, he can really make some huge contributions.

  • sd chuck

    In the exibition game he looked very comfortable! I believe he will be much needed this season. Knee really held him back last year.

  • pcantidote

    Great picture. I think that is who FM needs to be to make an impact – a crazy man. The guy the other teams hate to deal with.

  • IU track Alumni

    Couldn’t agree more. BEST PROFILE PIC EVER! #McFly

  • Oldguyy

    It will be crucial for McSwain, Morgan, and Davis to reduce last year’s tendency to foul in order to minimize the team’s front court depth issues. Then hopefully freshmen Moore and Smith can be more of a factor as they become comfortable with the college game by the second half of the season. And who knows, maybe Priller can fill in here and there.

  • IdahoHoosier

    Remember his highlight reel from JUCO? The guy handled the ball, hit threes, drove the lane. Obviously against lesser talent, but still the guy has ability. Hope we see a free-flowing loose McSwain who is ready to play!

  • Ivan Renko

    it’s going to be fun to watch this kid this year, he’s a great fit for Archie’s system.

    looking into his future as an athlete, how about some shoulder pads?

  • Arch Puddington

    The Steve Eyl of this era, a good basketball player who was drafted as a TE by the Cowboys.

  • Donnie Vick

    Colts could use him.

  • Ole Man

    Trying to understand — what records, besides weight room records, would those be?

  • Hoosier Hall

    I just keep seeing him as the next great NFL tight end like Tony Gonzalez, Jimmy Graham, Antonio Gates… Not sure if he’s ever played a single snap of football though.

  • StudentHoosier

    That boy Freddie!

  • marcusgresham

    He was a football player most of his life, only switching to basketball somewhere around his junior year of high school.

  • marcusgresham

    Most concussed opponents
    Of course, that’s only because Tijan didn’t see more floor time!

  • Outoftheloop

    I like “McFly”. He is so strong and athletic that at 6’6 he can be a force on the frontline. Have a great year Freddie before you cash in with the NFL as a TE! You are a Hoosier, make us proud!

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Still amazed with talent like Freddie,,,who comes off the bench,,,,and critics have no respect for IU finishing higher than 9th in the Big Ten

  • Bestest pic thus far

  • Larry Brown

    why did he do that?

  • Bankshot

    Just like a picture of a beautiful woman that would never give you a chance. Will he rebound and defend!!!!

  • Hoosier Hall

    Probably not too fond of concussions.

  • Brent Seller

    When you’re a Senior your shot is not a work in progress, you’re just not a very good shooter. I still appreciate his role as a valuable bench player who can rebound and play defense.

  • Bankshot

    Key word here is JUCO!

  • TomJameson

    If Freddie plays within himself, and concentrate on his role, he is going to have a great year. I didn’t realize that he had zero turnovers in his last 4 games (43 minutes). I do know that when he finally got into his role of playing defense and rebounding the ball, he became much more productive. THAT’S what he needs to do this year. He’ll score fairly well also, put-backs, lob-dunks, that kind of stuff. Really think he’s going to be a good relief for DeRon.

  • IdahoHoosier

    Right, that was mentioned. So you think a guy’s ability to dribble, shoot, and drive disappears when they move up a level of competition? I don’t think so. He showed abilities and confidence at the JUCO level, and so, to a lesser extent of success perhaps, he has the ability to do it at this level.

  • marcusgresham


    I remember the story from when he signed. A coach (I assume the HS coach) had pizza and Freddie asked for a piece. Coach said, “sorry, this is only for basketball players,” so Freddie asked if he could play basketball. That’s the short version, but that’s pretty much how it went.

  • Bankshot

    And you think any JUCO compares to the big 10. LAME! I have watched many JUCO championships. The difference is as big as my basketball knowledge compared to yours! Vincennes University won two JUCO national championships with the likes of Bob MacAdoo and Ricky Green. I doubt if you recall Ricky Green played for Michigan in 76 which the Hoosiers beat three times, including the championship game! BRING IT!!!

  • IdahoHoosier

    Nice. Even with your superior basketball knowledge you’ve failed to understand my point and turned to personal insults to make yours.

  • Bankshot

    You have no point! Anyone who replies with NICE is a loser or a milley. It’s not an insult son, it’s a fact. Highlight reel? You make a judgement from a JUCO highlight reel and try to translate that to big ten basketball. What a maroon! Sit down and shut up!!!!
    At least McSwain will have decent coaching this year, unlike your hero/loser Crean! Bring it!

  • IdahoHoosier

    Sorry that you couldn’t understand me and chose to make it personal for absolutely no reason. Hope you will have a little more tact in your future encounters. Good luck!

  • Bankshot

    Understand what? You have never seen a JUCO game, have no idea of Ricky Green or his history. That is basketball knowledge! Your basketball knowledge is nill but can’t accept the fact! No need for luck when you have knowledge! Tact, you mean political correctness? Never! You remind me of a Mark Twain quote: Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.

  • IdahoHoosier

    You know nothing about me. I work at a JUCO, and work with many of the athletes. It is incredible that you know that quote yet can’t apply it to yourself. I sincerely hope you will try harder in the future not to discredit yourself and make your contributions here worth something. I’ll be blocking you now.