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LSU fans were keeping their fingers crossed that Swift would stay in school, as he said he would when asked -- repeatedly -- during the NCAA tournament. But anyone who has seen "Stro" play knows he's ready for the next level, as he finally decided in early May. At 6-9, 225 pounds, Swift is one of the most mobile, athletic forwards to play in the college game in years. He has a variety of moves to the basket, but he can get there through sheer talent, either by blowing past slower defenders or leaping over them. Last season, he was as close to an unstoppable scorer as there was in the Southeastern Conference -- generally considered the country's toughest league. Swift was a unanimous All-SEC pick after averaging 16.5 points, 8.2 rebounds and shooting 60 percent from the field. He blocked a league-high 95 shots. Swift helped lead LSU to one of its best seasons ever; the Tigers won 28 games, second most in school history, and played in the NCAA tournament Sweet 16 for the first time in 13 years. The Tigers also went from sixth place to first in the SEC's Western Division in one season.
Sophomore SeasonThird team All-America
Co-MVP of the SEC
Third in the SEC in scoring
Blocked 95 shots -- the fourth-highest single-season total in school histoty (only Shaquille O'Neal, in each of his three seasons, has more)
Swift is second on the career block list for the school (trailing only Shaq)
Lead the SEC in FG percentage (60.8) and that ranked fourth in the nation
Freshman SeasonMissed the first semester
Only wound up playing in 16 games
Blocked 11 shots in a triple-OT game against Alabama, one short of the school record (12 - Shaq in '90)
NotablesMcDonald's All-American in HS
Nickname is "Stro" given to him by his mother, Mary Swift
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