Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Notre Dame is recruiting the 6-foot-8 Swanigan “hard,” Roosevelt Barnes, Swanigan’s guardian, told SNY.tv.
Swanigan, out of Fort Wayne (IN) Homestead, also recently had an in-home visit with Duke.
“Coach K came in and [Jeff] Capel came in,” Barnes said in a previous interview. “Their message was he’s the best big man in the country and they want him. He would bring something totally unique in the way he plays. Jahlil Okafor’s leaving next year and the way he plays, he would fit in their system.
“They’re showing serious interest.”
In addition, Kentucky, Louisville, Cal, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Arizona, UCLA, Mississippi State, New Mexico and Chicago State are also in the mix, Barnes said.
Swanigan averaged 15.2 points and 11.9 rebounds this summer on the Nike EYBL circuit, leading the campaign in rebounding. He also won a gold medal with the USA U17 team at the World Championship in Dubai in August.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.