Apr 12, 2012, 4:10 PM EDT
Jared Swopshire will go from a school that just played in the Final Four to one that’s never even been to the NCAA tournament. That’ll be an odd transition. But one that’ll almost certainly include much more playing time, which is what Swopshire was after.
The former Louisville forward will transfer to Northwestern for his senior season, according to C.L. Brown of the Louisville Courier-Journal. The 6-8 junior missed most of last season with an injury and saw his minutes dwindle this season as freshman Chane Behanan took the starting job at small forward.
He’ll graduate from Louisville next month and be eligible to play right away.
“The opportunity is there for him to start,” Teddy Swopshire said, via Card Chronicle. “He’s replacing (John) Shurna, so that’s the style he’s going for from an offensive and a playing style standpoint.”
Swopshire averaged 3.4 points and 3 rebounds a game last season. He didn’t play much during the Cardinals’ last two games against Florida then against Kentucky in the Final Four, but did log 11 minutes against Michigan State, scoring six points.
He was once a Louisville starter, so it’ll be interesting to see how he fits into Northwestern’s scheme. Swopshire’s never been a standout offensive player, but his rebounding and size for his position will be a boost.
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