Bainbridge, OH is a relatively small town close to Chillicothe, OH. It’s hard to get noticed when you come from a small, rural town that’s four hours from Pittsburgh. That is until you grow to 6-foot-10 inches, 295 pounds and start dominating on the basketball court. Bainbridge (OH) Paint Valley High School 2018 center Dylan Swingle has clearly placed himself on the Panthers’ radar. Pitt head basketball coach Kevin Stallings and staff are in dire need of size and Swingle is a mammoth. His current measurements and game are reminiscent of former Panther and NBA standout Aaron Gray.
“Pitt had contacted my coach a few times and my athletic director. I’ll be taking an unofficial visit to Pitt on September 17th,” stated Swingle.
“I’m a back to the basket center. I have enough strength to back down players and I have a good jump hook. It’s my ‘go to’ move,” he said. “I can hit 15-footers as well.”
Swingle has already received scholarship offers from West Virginia, Akron and George Washington. He averaged 18.9 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks per game last season.
Swingle indicated that he was relatively wide open in terms of his recruitment, but seemed very high on the Atlantic Coast Conference. “It would be awesome to play in the ACC. There’s some really great teams and competition there,” he said. “I’m open (to any school). I love all of the schools recruiting me at the moment. I haven’t seen a bad thing about any of them.”
“I would like to make a decision spring or summer next year. I think that would be ideal.”
Swingle was asked what he was specifically looking for on his visits. “I want a good coach that will be there the entire time I’m there. I don’t want one of these coaches that are constantly looking for the next opportunity,” he said. “I want a good academic school as well. It would be awesome to go to the NBA but I want to be successful and have a great degree that will get a great job.”
Harry Psaros can be found on Twitter at @PittGuru
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