Just days after landing Orlando (FL) Olympia forward William Green in its 2009 recruiting class, WKU basketball wasted no time in landing a player to join Green on Ken McDonald's team.
6-foot-6 forward Jordan Swing of Vestavia Hills High School in Birmingham, Ala. has committed to WKU. His high school coach, George Hatchett, confirmed reports Monday in a telephone interview.
"He's excited to be a Hilltopper," Hatchett said. "For the last month or so I think that's the direction he's been leaning... he came back from his visit and was very impressed with the facility and the staff and their commitment to the program."
WKU coach Ken McDonald can't comment publicly on recruits until they sign a national letter-of-intent.
According to Hatchett, Swing averaged 18 points last season but said, "that's like 25 or 30 for us (because of a slow-tempo playing style)." Swing complemented that with "right at" 10 rebounds a game while shooting 37 percent from three-point range and 80 percent from the free-throw line for a Vestavia Hills team that finished 12-17 last season.
Hatchett believes Swing's greatest asset is versatility: "He can play every position on the floor. He plays the "1" for us, sometimes the "2", sometimes the "3". He doesn't have just one thing he does well - he can post up or shoot from long-range... He runs well, jumps well and goes to the basket like a mad man... WKU got a heck of a player."
Hatchett said Swing's "about where most high school kids are" physically, but that Swing had gotten progressively stronger and had room to grow.
Hatchett said Swing turned down scholarship offers from Arkansas State, Middle Tennessee, Chattanooga, Belmont and Samford to join the Hilltoppers and also noted Swing had interest from Ole Miss and Alabama but that those two schools wanted Swing to wait until Spring 2009 to make a college choice.
Hatchett said Swing didn't want to wait and that the perseverance of the WKU coaching staff paid off.
"Kids want to go where they feel wanted," said Hatchett. "If you're going to make a big-time effort and show interest it'll pay off in the end."