Erik Swoope,

Former Miami PF Erik Swoope lands free-agent deal with Indianapolis Colts

Leave a comment

Given his lack of experience in organized football it was unlikely that former Miami power forward Erik Swoope was going to hear his name called during this weekend’s NFL Draft. But his athleticism and size resulted in some NFL teams taking a look, with Swoope working out for the Denver Broncos last month.

Late Saturday night Swoope tweeted that he’ll have the opportunity to earn a spot in the NFL, with the Indianapolis Colts offering him a spot as a free agent.

As a senior Swoope averaged 5.0 points and 2.7 rebounds per game for the Hurricanes, shooting 51.4% from the field. But Swoope finished the season well, reaching double figures in six of Miami’s final seven games. Swoope’s best offensive performance during that stretch came in an 85-70 win at NC State, as he scored 15 points on 7-for-10 shooting from the field.

Swoope is the only college basketball player that could be afforded the possibility of joining a team as a free agent. Last week it was reported that former Kansas power forward Tarik Black was receiving some interest from NFL teams, with Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers even putting him in touch with a team scout.

Will that lead to Black putting on the shoulder pads at some point? Who knows, but given Swoope’s path to a free agent deal¬†anything is possible.

Three players with Division I college basketball experience were drafted this weekend: tight end Austin Sefarian-Jenkins (Washington; Tampa Bay Buccaneers), wide receiver Bruce Ellington (South Carolina; San Francisco 49ers) and cornerback Demetri Goodson (Gonzaga, played football at Baylor; Green Bay Packers).

Utah lands top-75 center Jayce Johnson

Larry Krystkowiak
AP Photo
Leave a comment

Utah picked up its center of the future on Monday as four-star center Jayce Johnson pledged to the Runnin’ Utes, a source confirmed to The 7-foot Johnson recently cut his list to Cal, Colorado and Utah with the possibility of reclassifying to the Class of 2015.

Regarded as the No. 67 overall prospect in the Class of 2016, Johnson will look to attend Utah in December as a walk-on who will redshirt. While Johnson likely won’t play this season, he does give head coach Larry Krystkowiak another big man to use in practice to go against sophomore center Jakob Poeltl. A solid long-term prospect, Johnson has a good frame to add weight and he’s also skilled finishing with both hands. Utah now has its replacement for Poeltl if he opts to leave for the NBA after the season and he gets an extra semester to work with the program.

Johnson is coming off of his official visit to Utah this weekend as he joins junior college guard Jojo Zamora in the Class of 2016.


PHOTO: South Carolina gets new uniforms

Frank Martin
Leave a comment

South Carolina debuted some new uniforms early this week as the school is going with a fresh look and three color ways.

They’re also going to with the “Carolina” branding this season, but I think these new uniforms look pretty cool.