This is the fourth article in my series previewing the five Indiana seniors. Today, I will be previewing Freddie McSwain Jr.
Last season was the 6’6 forward’s first season at Indiana after he transferred from Neosho Community College. McSwain had a very successful career at Neosho Community College, and during his sophomore season at NCC, he averaged 14 PPG and 8.4 RPG. In his first season at Indiana, Freddie played 8 MPG and averaged 2.7 PPG and 2.5 RPG.
At the beginning of the season, McSwain was not playing many minutes, but an injury to OG Anunoby gave McSwain an opportunity to earn more playing time as the season went on. McSwain looked more and more comfortable each time he stepped on the court last season, and I think it showed in the way he played.
McSwain was able to make the most of his opportunities and he also provided the team with a spark off the bench at times. One particular moment from last season stands out when I think of McSwain’s appearances on the court. Late in the season, McSwain earned his only start of the year when the shorthanded Hoosiers traveled to West Lafayette to take on Purdue. In thirteen minutes of play, McSwain finished with 8 points and 4 rebounds. McSwain had to spend most of his minutes guarding Caleb Swanigan. Despite being outsized, I felt McSwain did a nice job of holding his own against the AP All-American.
This season, look for McSwain to provide this Indiana team with a spark off the bench. “Just me coming in being prepared, just me coming in the game and playing defense, just being a rebounder and just playing with energy as soon as I get in the game,” said McSwain.
Indiana doesn’t have much depth in the front court, and when De’Ron Davis gets in foul trouble, I would not be surprised to see McSwain playing some minutes at the center position. With his strength, athleticism, and limited offensive range, I feel the center position would be a solid spot for Freddie to provide Indiana with some minutes.
McSwain may be called on to do more this season. When he is on the court, expect him to provide this team with a boost.