BLOOMINGTON – Freddie McSwain plans to have his future decided by the end of the month, but April will be busy for the junior college forward.
McSwain, a standout at Neosho County Community College in Kansas, has three visits lined up between this weekend and his final decision, starting with Kansas State this weekend. Indiana will come next, hosting the Georgia native from April 18-21, and Illinois State will host McSwain’s final visit.
He has already visited Bradley.
“The process has been good,” he told IndyStar on Friday. “There’s been a lot of pressure at the same time, but I’ve got to enjoy it while I can.”
Indiana offered McSwain during a visit to his school shortly after the Hoosiers’ season ended. Assistant coach Rob Judson has been IU’s point man in recruiting the athletic 6-6 forward, and when Judson brought coach Tom Crean to Neosho County to see McSwain up close, Crean pulled the trigger.
McSwain plans to respond in kind with that visit, after naming Indiana among a top five that also includes Illinois State, Kansas State, Auburn and Bradley.
Judson visited McSwain on Thursday as well.
“Communication’s been great. They came to see me yesterday, told me more about the school and everything,” McSwain said Friday. “They see me filling a role, just me coming in, being an impact guy, becoming more of a scorer, developing my game more. They just love my athleticism.
“They’re just trying to make me a better player. They said they see great things in me.”
Averaging 14 points and 8.4 rebounds per game as a sophomore, McSwain helped lead his team to 30 wins this past season. That drew enough recruiting attention to earn McSwain more than two dozen offers, with UNLV being the most recent school to get involved.
But, aiming for an end-of-the-month final decision, McSwain is sticking to his current schedule, as he searches for his next program.
Educational opportunities and team chemistry will be key factors in his commitment.
“I’ve got two years left. I want to have an impact when I come in,” he said, adding: “I want to be part of the family. I don’t want to be a guy that’s just there. That’s really big.”
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