2018 forward Cole Swider has been dominant on the EYBL circuit this Spring. The 6’8 sharpshooter speaks on improvements in his game and each of his top 8 schools after the jump.

A knockdown shooter with the ability to create off the dribble, Swider — the number 89 player in the country for the 2018 class per Rivals — has transitioned from a catch and shoot prospect to a versatile forward that attacks the basket and cleans up the glass.

“The biggest improvements in my game are my ballhandling and my driving ability,” Cole told Endless Motor Sports.

The strides in his ballhandling were on full display this weekend for EYBL session 4, where Swider was able to get to the rim off the dribble from the wing and finish on several occasions. Cole’s strong play helped BABC go 3-1 in Los Angeles on their way to a Peach Jam bid.

“Things have been going well, we have been playing well together. I think I have played well and definitely showed that I am more than a shooter.”

In terms of his recruitment, Swider recently named a top 8 and gives his thoughts on each:

  • Miami – great school, really like their coaches, and Bruce Brown a former BABC member who goes there, has been talking to me about it
  • Providence – great school, selling pitch to be the hometown hero and I really like the coaching staff
  • Indiana – Archie Miller is a great coach and Indiana basketball history is second to none
  • Villanova – Jay Wright is a great guy, they have really picked it up and they think I can come in and play right away
  • Michigan – I fit their style very well and coach Beilein is a great dude
  • Syracuse – they are the #1 school for my major and they have gotten guys like me to the NBA year after year
  • Creighton – they compare me to Doug McDermott and they think I can be just like him and they can get me to the next level
  • Xavier – they have a really clear vision of where I will fit in right away and I have built a great relationship with their staff

While Cole doesn’t have any visits scheduled as of right now, a decision will be made by early Winter.

“I’m definitely going to commit before my high school season,” said Swider.

In the immediate future, Cole is all about his game and getting wins with BABC.

“I just want to play as well as I can and hopefully make a run in Peach Jam.”

Having viewed Cole live this Spring, he’s everything you want out of a forward in modern basketball. At 6’8, he has the perimeter skills to stretch the defense from distance and the handle to beat defenders off the bounce. While most stretch 4s have a lot of stretch and little 4, Cole brings a hardhat on the glass consistently. He’s an above average rebounder that embraces physicality and gives multiple efforts.