2008 three-star prospect Jared Swopshire, formerly of Ft. Zumwalt High School in O'Fallon, Mo., is growing into his game down at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. And schools are beginning to take notice of the 6-foot-7, 190-pound wing player.
Bob Huggins of Kansas State and Matt Doherty of SMU have already made the trip down to IMG during this evaluation period, and other coaches are expected in soon according to IMG Player Development Specialists Jared Redell and Justin Sherlock.
"Coach Huggins and Coach Daugherty were very impressed with Jared," said Coach Sherlock. "Marquette is very interested and will be down soon. Also West Virginia, Purdue and Michigan are expected down here.
"Jared really put on a show for the two coaches. He is stroking threes, distributing in traffic. He's an inside/outside threat and can handle under pressure. There really isn't a lot he can't do."
Swopshire played primarily with the St. Louis Eagles 16-under squad this summer. Already known to schools in the Midwest, he will soon be a national name.
Cincinnati, St. Louis, Dayton, Northern Illinois, Western Illinois, Southern Illinois and Southeast Missouri State have all offered Swopshire, but his top school list reads more like a who's who of high-major programs.
"I like Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, Wake Forest, Syracuse, Connecticut, Florida and Florida State," said Swopshire. "Right now, though, I'm just hearing from Connecticut and Florida State."
Now that Swopshire is in South Florida, he will suit up with the Florida Rams travel team next summer.