The Montrose Christian basketball program has landed one of the top players from the Midwest.
Jordan Swopshire, a rising senior and major college prospect, has transferred to the Rockville private school after spending the 2011-2012 campaign at the SportsQuest Academy in Virginia. He played his first two years of high school in his native Missouri.
Montrose Christian head coach Stu Vetter described the 6-foot-7 wing as an outstanding outside shooter and a good student who “fits in really well” with his program.
“He’s a high Division I player,” said Vetter, who noted that Swopshire currently holds offers from VCU and George Washington. “He’s going to be a very good player.”
Swopshire was also among a group of 24 players selected for the 2011-2012 U16 USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team.
This marks the second straight year that Montrose Christian has landed a transfer from the state of Missouri. Kansas City native Ishmail Wainright transferred to Montrose Christian last year and has emerged into a top national recruit according to Vetter. Wainright holds offers from Duke, Kanas and UCLA among others.
The Mustangs finished the 2011-2012 campaign nationally ranked with a 21-3 record including a semifinal appearance in the ESPN National High School Invitational tournament but graduated several key players from that team including Justin Anderson (Virginia) and Michael Carrera. Montrose Christian also graduated Kevin Larsen (George Washington), Cedric Blossom (Morgan State) and Bruce Beckford (North Carolina A&T).
Meanwhile, former Montrose Christian point guard Kevin Zabo has transferred to Brewster Academy in New Hampshire but the Mustangs welcome the return of Wainright, Therence Mayimba, Dane Pepper and Justin Robinson.
“Ishmail is one of the top players in the country,” said Vetter. “We will continue to build around Ish. Jordan will be an outstanding addition.”
Brandy L. Simms
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