Swopshire transferred to Northwestern earlier this year when UofL head coach Rick Pitino informed him there was no spot for him on the roster. Luckily, Swopshire was able to take advantage of a NCAA rule targeted for student-athletes entering into a graduate program. Swopshire was able to transfer without sitting out because Northwestern offered a program that UofL did not.
The fifth-year senior has started all twelve games this season and is the fourth leading scorer on the team with 8.9 points per game. Swopshire is leading the Wildcats in rebounding with 6.2 per game. Swopshire’s top offensive effort came against Missouri Valley State (0-8) back on Nov. 15 when he scored 22 points which included going 5-6 from 3-point land. On Nov. 24, he grabbed a season high 10 rebounds against Illinois St (9-3) and also scored 15 points for his first and only double-double of the season.
Swopshire’s sophomore season (2009-10) at Louisville was his best statistically. He averaged 7.5 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. If he can maintain his current numbers, he will have his best career season as a Wildcat.
It appears Northwestern has been a great fit for Swopshire. A bonus of playing in Chicago, is his younger twin sisters, Jasmine and Janna play basketball at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee which is about 80 miles away. Janna is averaging 4.8 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. Jasmine has yet to see action this season.
Northwestern will play one more non-conference game on Sunday against Brown (3-5) before Big Ten play begins. The Wildcats will kick off the New Year by playing No. 2 Michigan and No. 12 Minnesota. They currently have 10 games remaining against teams inside the Top 20.