That’s A Wrap: Freddie McSwain

  • 04/02/2018 1:31 pm in

Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2017-2018 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Freddie McSwain.

McSwain (31 games): 4.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, 0.6 blocks, 45 FG%, 57% FT in 14.6 minutes per game.

A junior college standout that transferred to Indiana with two years remaining of eligibility, Freddie McSwain turned into a fan favorite as his senior season went on.

After playing just 18 percent of available minutes as a junior, McSwain’s role increased in his final collegiate campaign, especially after De’Ron Davis went out in early January with a ruptured Achilles. Indiana’s frontcourt depth was slim, and McSwain took advantage, earning heavy minutes and starting the season’s last eight games.

At 6-foot-6, the big man almost always had a size disadvantage in the post but used his strength to grab rebounds and bully opponents. McSwain ended the year as the only Hoosier with both a defensive and offensive rebounding percentage of over 15 percent, per KenPom.

In a close home loss to Michigan State, McSwain outworked the top-tier inside talent of the Spartans to grab a remarkable nine offensive rebounds. That was six more than Michigan State’s entire roster, which Spartan coach Tom Izzo said was both “outworked and outhustled.”

McSwain’s offensive rebounding was nothing short of superb. His offensive rebounding percentage of 15.3 ranked eighth in Division 1 among players that logged at least 30 percent of available minutes, per T-Rank.

The vast majority of McSwain’s scoring came in the paint. 41 of his 45 made field goals were at the rim, where he shot 50 percent. That number shoots was 68 percent on assisted buckets. McSwain’s range didn’t extend much beyond the rim, as he made 21 percent (4-of-19) of his longer two-point shots, per T-Rank.

In McSwain’s Inside The Hall preseason profile, it was noted that for him to have a successful senior season, he would have to stay out of foul trouble. As a junior, McSwain committed 6.5 fouls per 40 minutes, a large reason why he never played more than 19 minutes in any game during Tom Crean’s final Indiana campaign.

That number dropped to 5.2 fouls per 40 minutes this year, with McSwain fouling out just once. That’s far from a drastic decrease, but it was enough to keep McSwain on the floor for longer stretches, allowing him to work to his strengths on the glass.

Bottom line: With strength, determination and a willingness to bang inside with anybody, McSwain miraculously became a late-season starter for Indiana after not playing competitive basketball until high school. He’ll always have a special place in fans hearts as a player that wore his heart on his sleeve and was a crucial contributor to Archie Miller’s first Hoosier squad.

Quotable: “I’m just Freddie. A rebounder, a hustle guy. Just putting the team first. I love Indiana and I’m so happy that I came here.” – Freddie McSwain on how he wants to be remembered for his time in Indiana.

PreviouslyJustin SmithAl Durham Jr.Clifton MooreDevonte GreenDe’Ron DavisZach McRoberts, Juwan Morgan

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  • inLinE6

    No question on his heart or efforts! It was exciting to see him grab all those unbelievable rebounds, then frustrated with the bunnies that he missed… I admit I probably set my expectations too high for Freddie at certain times. Sometimes I wonder if he can be even more successful at a different sport? I hope NFL give him a look at this years combine, or at least gets him some private workout opportunities. I believe this guy can make a good living on some professional sport!

  • inCMitrust

    Freddie and McRob’s play shows that hustle will get you on the floor. I still wonder what his game would be like if he started playing at 8 instead of 15.

  • Hoosier Hall

    I imagine he would’ve been similar to a Kenneth Faried type player. Just a couple inches shorter though.

  • John D Murphy

    Rugged dude. Glad he came IU.

  • Mark Bando

    Its totally unrelated, but i just read a great article on Jay Wrights recruiting philosophy change after the 2012 season. He would spend less time chasing 5 stars who were marginally invested in the college experience and more time selecting players who fit his ideal program culture.

  • coachv

    yeah, i mentioned that here a few weeks ago

  • coachv

    think the combine has come and gone

  • sarge

    Freddie seems very likeable. Too bad we only got to see him for 2 years. I think he really liked Indiana and Btown. Worlds of potential?? ??

  • Ole Man

    Bye, bye, McFly.
    I’ll miss your play for the Hoosiers.

  • Mark Bando

    Makes me less worried about getting romeo.

  • TomJameson

    Me too Tony, me too.

  • coachv

    that was my thought exactly

  • Robert Swartz

    That to me has been a frustrating point for the last few years. Players that either can’t finish at the rim or constantly blow lay ups. I don’t know how many felt about Thomas Bryant but he always appeared to be this monster 6′ 10″ guy that played like he was 5′ 11″. McSwain was similar, like Bryant, had heart and emotion. Just didn’t have authority around the rim.

  • TomJameson

    I’m sure his skill set would be more refined, especially if he played for a good coach before his HS years. Can you imaging if he had another 7-8 years of early training in the basic BB skills?

  • Hoosier Hall

    Mix Romeo in with the recruits we already have though… Nova still gets a 5 star kid every now and then but they are not the backbone of the program. They are the icing on the cake. Brunson was a 5 star recruit but he was more like Yogi (also a 5 star) and not necessarily a one and done talent.

  • kurk81

    Along the same line of thought – Freddie is a guy who really would have gotten good with another year of college ball. Shame he wasn’t polishing his skills at an earlier age, because he looks now like a raw freshman with a ton of potential.

  • SCHoosier

    His quote starting “I’m just Freddie…” brought a tear to my eye. If his b-ball is over..I hope some IU alumn helps him get a good job…he’d be a great representative of whatever company..

  • IU_theoracle

    I had the pleasure of meeting Freddie during halftime of the IU vs Michigan football game this season and you will not find a nicer kid on a college campus. Wishing Freddie the best of luck in his future.

  • coachv

    would have liked to see him play 4 years. kept improving

  • Fifer39

    I agree. The previous coaching regime is taking heat on the Priller thread for offering the scholarship, but I think they are significantly in credit in the transfer market – Freddie, Nick Z, Max B, to name but a few.

  • marcusgresham

    I am confident that he will at least get a look from the NFL.

  • IUBizmark

    Freddy you’re the man! Loved watching you play and be a part of this program. Stay in touch.