Swopshire prepared to help Louisville

Swopshire prepared to help Louisville

Louisville signee Jared Swopshire is about to wrap-up his senior season at IMG (FL) Academy. Swopshire has had a big season and now appears ready to take his game to the next level and help Rick Pitino's Cardinals next year. Swopshire spoke with InsideTheVille.com recently about his progress.

Louisville signee Jared Swopshire is about to wrap-up his senior season at IMG (FL) Academy. Swopshire has had a big season and now appears ready to take his game to the next level and help Rick Pitino's Cardinals next year.

"It's going really good," Swopshire said Wednesday. "I'm on my way to Houston, Texas right now for a tournament. It's a prep showcase that we're going to – it's kind of like ending the season off. I think they're trying to schedule a few more games after this tournament."


Jared Swopshire

Swopshire, ranked No. 88 nationally by Scout.com, had a big senior season for IMG, averaging 25 points per game. One of the season highlights for the 6'7, 190-pound forward was a 33-point, 12-rebound performance against American Christian (PA) Academy at Freedom Hall in December.

"This season went great in my opinion," said Swopshire. "We played in a lot of big games this season. I had a double-double almost every game. The things that I really improved on were my team leadership, just going out there and playing my hardest every game and just trying to be a leader and lead my team."

Originally from St. Louis, Swopshire has spent the past two years at the Bradenton, Florida-based basketball factory. Being away from home should help prepare him for life at UofL next year.

"Being at IMG helps me get used to being away from home. This is my second year down here and its (helped) just getting used to working out all the time and constantly on the (go)," Swopshire said. "So I think it's really going to help and benefit me."

When he's not working on his own game and leading his team on the court, Swopshire keeps a close eye on how his future teammates are doing at Louisville.

"Their team chemistry is clicking now and they're starting to get on a run," Swopshire said. "I know they're tied for 1st in the Big East with Georgetown. So they're starting to do really good."

Swopshire keeps in frequent contact with the Louisville coaches.

"I try to contact them every day if I can, but mostly it's just on a weekly basis," he said. "I primarily talk to Coach Pitino, Jr. Sometimes it's a normal conversation but normally I ask him things that he thinks I need to work on so when I get to Louisville I'll be ready."

What does Pitino tell Swopshire?

"Just to get stronger and getting better every day and to keep working on my all-around game – my shooting, defense, ball-handling," Swopshire said. "Just working on everything. We have a lifting program that we do every week."

Projected as a small forward, the versatile Swopshire could help Louisville in a variety of different ways next season.

"It just depends on who leaves and who's staying," Swopshire said. "I can (help) at that small forward spot or wherever Coach Pitino needs me to play that's where I feel I'll be able to play."

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