November 8, 2012

Swift Commitment Comes as a Surprise

Four-star 2014 forward Melvin Swift shocked the recruiting world today when the 6-foot-7 jack-rabbit leaper committed to the Xavier Musketeers, seemingly out of nowhere.

Shortly after the school day Swift walked into the basketball office at his Houston (Tex.) Yates HS and informed the coaches that he was ready to make a public decision.

"He came in the office and told our staff that he wants to do it and his heart was set on making the decision now," Yates assistant coach Juwan McClellan said.

"Our staff was surprised. I'm thinking from talking to him that he just fell in love with the university and what they have to offer."

Swift, who played on the AAU circuit with Houston Hoops, was looking for a school that offered playing time for him, but also an intimate campus with a family like atmosphere. He found that, more so then at any other place, at Xavier.

"The academic situation really appealed to Melvin," McClellan said. "The small learning environment fits him; he fell in love with Coach Mack and the rest of the staff."

Currently ranked at no. 58 in the 2014
Rivals150, the four-star junior is one of the most intriguing forwards in the class because of his versatility to play inside or outside, and of course his leaping ability.

"Everybody thinks of athleticism when they think of Melvin Swift. His leaping ability is way above what most human beings do," said McClellan.

"Now that he's playing on the wing at 6'7 he has a really bright future when the rest of his fundamentals continue to come together."

Rivals.com's Eric Bossi echoed a similar statement when describing Swift's game.

"Swift is a thin and extremely athletic forward," Bossi said via text message. "He's a little raw on the offensive end but can really run the floor and is quite active as a rebounder and shotblocker."

While he won't join the Musketeers until the season after next, '14-'15, Swift should already be penciled in as someone who could make a quick and strong impact.

The Houston native chose Xavier over several offers, most notably Texas, Arizona, Memphis, and Oklahoma State.


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