Houston's Yates High School at the 2014 Hoophall Classic in Springfield.
(J. Anthony Roberts)
University of Massachusetts basketball fans holding out for Melvin Swift will have to wait a bit longer.
Monday, the class of 2014 recruiting prospect from Texas announced via Twitter that he has decided to take the community college route, signing to play next year at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas:
Swift, an athletic 6-foot-7, 3-star forward, spent last season at Yates High School in Houston, which is the alma mater of current UMass sophomore Clyde Santee. Between that connection and the interest coach Derek Kellogg and his staff had shown Swift – he narrowed his choices down to UMass, UConn, Baylor and Oklahoma State back in March – it was thought the Minutemen had a strong case for signing him.
But Swift's decision to play at Trinity Valley indicates that his academic concerns are more serious of a roadblock than previously thought. It would be tough for a talented kid like Swift to turn down offers from strong basketball schools – one of which that just so happens to the the defending national champion – otherwise.
For now, UMass fans once hopeful to land Swift as an academic nonqualifier will have to remain patient and continue to follow along with his progress from afar.