Gene Swindle enjoyed a terrific offseason prior to his senior season, performing well on the AAU circuit last summer and dropping about 40 pounds from his junior season playing weight. Harry Gordon, who just completed his first season as Gulliver Prep’s (Miami, FL) head coach, saw improvement in Swindle’s game as the 2007/2008 season went on.
“I thought in the second half of the season he played a lot better than in the first half,” Gordon said. “It took a little while for him to get used to the system. He played in a run-and-gun system last year. This year, I made a concerted effort to get him the ball. It took some adjustment in his game, but he stepped up in the second half of the season.”
Swindle finished the year averaging 15 points, nine rebounds and two blocks per game. He helped Gulliver Prep to a 20-8 record that included a district championship and a regional semifinal playoff appearance. The 6-11, 260-pound prospect has already started working to prepare for his freshman year at Virginia Tech.
“He is lifting and running. Those are the things he is doing right now,” Gordon said. “He wants to get stronger and in better shape, and hopefully improve his free throw shooting and his jumper.”
While Swindle has improved in terms of his performance on the court and in terms of his physique over the past year, he may red-shirt in his first year in Blacksburg.
“He would definitely be better served if Virginia Tech red-shirted him,” Gordon said. “He could come in, learn the system, work on his game and be ready to go the next season. The following year, I think he could be a force.
“I think the Virginia Tech coaches were thinking that Gene is a kid they could bring in and in two or three years he could be a pretty good player. He has upside on the offensive end. He can improve a lot on that side of the ball. He does pretty well on defense. He moves his feet well. He takes charges and things like that.”
Last fall, Swindle chose Virginia Tech over Penn State and South Florida. He is very much looking forward to the opportunity to play in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
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