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Prep hoops notes: Homestead's Swanigan weighing college options

Caleb Swanigan
Caleb Swanigan
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Notre Dame recently made an offer to the Spartans' big man

Saturday, May 03, 2014 03:21 am
It isn't the first and won't be the last offer for Homestead's Caleb Swanigan, but Notre Dame added its name to the list of schools that have extended him an offer this week.Notre Dame certainly brings some intrigue given its location and history.

“It's a great opportunity to get an offer from Notre Dame,” Swanigan said. “It's close to home, right in South Bend and it's a nice situation there with its tradition and everything they do.”

Swanigan has not yet narrowed his list of schools to visit but it includes a multitude of big names like Michigan State, Indiana, Georgetown, Louisville, and many more.

Last night at the Bill Hensley Memorial Run-N-Slam he showed off a continued body transformation in a dominant Spiece Indy Heat victory that makes it easy to see why the Irish and everyone else want Swanigan at their school.

“I'm just continuing to get in shape and trying to get better in every aspect in the game of basketball,” he said.Paxton Bergdoll knows a change is needed and coming if he wants his basketball career to go where he hopes.

That's why he is spending this summer and the rest of time at Concordia hoping to go from an inside force to a combo forward that can play at the small forward position.

“I'm really working on my ball handling and my outside shot a lot because to get to the next level I'm going to have to play mostly the three so have to work on those more,” Bergdoll said.

The Concordia sophomore displayed some of that last night in Indiana Elite's 84-65 win. He finished with 9 points including a three-pointer.

This transformation has started to garner interest from schools.

Bergdoll mentioned about eight schools have been in contact with him, including Bethel and Kennesaw State. He doesn't have any official offers yet or planned any visits, but knows it is something to look forward to with the recruiting process.

For now, though, he is focused on continuing to improve and playing for Concordia's new (and old) coach in Tim Reinking.

“I'm looking forward to talking to him and him working with me to play more of the three,” Bergdoll said. “That's what I really need to work on, but I think it's helped my versatility to play the four and five at school, but for the future I need to be a three.”Games like last night may not produce wins for Devlyn Williams and the Spiece Gym Rats team he plays for but that doesn't mean dislikes it.

Playing against an All-Ohio Red team with multiple top 100 prospects his team lost by plenty last night, but it gave him and the other Fort Wayne area players an opportunity to see where they stand.

“You know, it's fun, it's always fun to play against guys like that,” Williams said. “That makes me better and it helps me learn where I need to improve.”

The specific areas for the Snider junior to work on included ballhandling and jump shots he said. This could be especially important for the Panthers next season as they graduate their main outside threats but will have plenty of size on the roster.

As he preps to help Snider next season he also looks to help his own recruiting process. Williams has garnered interest from small schools,including Bethel and Saint Francis but is hopeful this summer can bring a few more.

“This summer is a time for me to come out and show what I have,” Williams said.


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