Junior college transfer forward Freddie McSwain remains two weeks away from returning to Indiana basketball practice due to a knee injury, head coach Tom Crean told Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports. McSwain transferred from Neosho County Community College in Chanute, Kansas.
At the junior college level last season, the athletic 6-6 forward averaged 14 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. However, despite his impressive scoring numbers, McSwain struggled while shooting the basketball. He shot only 27.5 percent from three-point range and 63.6 percent from the free throw line.
Shooting is certainly an area that Crean will want him to improve on as, at his size, McSwain will likely find it more difficult to score in the paint against Big Ten competition.
Indiana is coming off two consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament. Last year, they entered as a No. 5 seed and advanced to the Sweet 16 before losing to eventual runner-up North Carolina. Despite the losses of Yogi Ferrell and Troy Williams, Indiana is projected to have similar success in the upcoming season with internal development and added depth from recruiting.
In addition to McSwain, Crean has brought in a talented recruiting class that ESPN ranks as 17th in the country. That class is headlined by four-star recruits Curtis Jones and De’Ron Davis, who, along with Swain, figure to feature prominently in the Hoosiers’ rotation to start the season.
Crean has previously noted that he intends to be cautious with McSwain’s buildup as he returns from his knee injury so as not to risk a setback. However, projected starting forward Collin Hartman is out indefinitely with a knee injury of his own, so McSwain’s return could be an important addition for Indiana.