Swopshire Transferring To Northwestern

Former Louisville forward Jared Swopshire will transfer to Northwestern, his father, Teddy, confirmed to PurpleWildcats.com. Swopshire visited Evanston over the weekend, then was sold on Northwestern later this week.

Louisville transfer Jared Swopshire will join the Northwestern Wildcats, his father, Teddy, confirmed to PurpleWildcats.com.

Swopshire, a 6-foot-8 forward who hails from St. Louis, MO., will transfer to Northwestern over Illinois, Kansas State and Wake Forest, among a number of other schools.

"We looked at the great opportunity to step in and play a signficant role and help the team, then the educational part of it," said Teddy Swopshire. "Those two things combined made it fairly easy."

Swopshire visited Evanston this past weekend, then was sold on Northwestern this week.

"It was a really great fit, a great situation," Swopshire said. "Everything kind of lines up with what's (Jared) is looking for."

This May, Swopshire will graduate from Louisville, but still has one year of elibility remaining after missing his junior season with a groin injury. He is able to join the team next season, and will step into the role of John Shurna.

"He has an opportunity to replace Shurna, he'll be replacing him at forward," Swopshire said. "That's a great situation."

Both Jared and his father felt comfortable with Northwestern after hearing from associate head coach Tavaras Hardy, a former Wildcat player, who served as Swopshire's lead recruiter.

"He's a great recruiter," Swopshire said of Hardy. "(He's) honest, and with him being a former player, that also helped. He played in the (Princeton) system and now coaches in the system. That's always good when you have someone who played in the system under the coach then came back as the top assistant."

Northwestern head coach Bill Carmody helped seal Swopshire's decison with a phone call on Wednesday night. Swopshire was sold on the opportunity to be an impact player on the court while receiving a Northwestern education in the process.

"It goes without saying, (the academics are) the icing on the cake," Jared's father said. "When you look at it from a different perspective, there's basketball, then beyond basketball, when your career is over. There are so many opportunities if you have a Northwestern degree."

As a senior, Swopshire averaged 3.3 points per game and played in just over 13 minutes per game on the Cardinals' Final Four team. He was forced into a reserve role behind freshman forward Chane Behanan.

The official announcement is expected later this weekend, once Swopshire's academic paperwork is filed. That process is expected to go smoothly. Northwestern will also receive the official addition of Alex Olah, who will sign his letter of intent this weekend.

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college football, college basketball and college baseball for Fox Sports & Scout.com since 2009. He served as a writer for Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics, and is now the Publisher of PurpleWildcats.com, covering the Northwestern Wildcats.
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