Wake Forest 73, Elon 48 - November 17, 2006 (photos courtesy of Associated Press)
Full Name: Kevin Jamar Swinton
Birth Date: March 26, 1987
Birth Place: Greensboro, NC
Parents' Names: Eddie and Sandra Swinton
High School Coach: David Price
A very physical and athletic forward who made an immediate impact as a freshman last season ... described by the coaching staff as a very "active" player ... has a nose for the ball and is constantly deflecting passes, blocking shots or grabbing rebounds on defense ... the coaches want him to be equally ferocious on the offensive boards as he is on the defensive end ... does not put up gaudy statistics but has intangibles such as tenacity and aggressiveness ... a difficult player to defend in the paint ... has a soft touch close to the basket, but needs to work on his mid-range jump shot ... came to Wake Forest after a standout career at perennial power Dudley High School in Greensboro.
Played in 31 games and started seven times ... was not eligible to play in the first two games of the season because of a University infraction ... averaged 11.5 minutes per game ... blocked 12 shots ... struggled from the free throw line (46.2 percent) but made 6-of-8 from the line in March ... had one double-digit rebound game ... had 9 dunks on the year ... scored 7 points, grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds and played 20 minutes Nov. 21 against UNC-Asheville ... scored 7 points and blocked a shot Dec. 30 versus Charleston Southern ... was instrumental in Feb. 11 win over Charlotte with 8 points, 9 rebounds, 3 blocked shots and 2 assists ... scored 6 points and pulled down 8 boards Feb. 14 at Duke ... had 8 points, went 3-of-3 from the field and pulled down 6 rebounds Feb. 22 vs. Clemson ... closed his rookie year with 7 points on 2-of-2 shooting and 5 rebounds March 15 in an NIT game at Minnesota.
Dudley HS, 2005... averaged 24.9 points, 12.3 rebounds and two blocks as a senior... shot 66 percent from the field... led Dudley to the state championship... played for coach David Price... a first team all-state selection... fourth team Parade All-American... averaged 17.5 points and 8.9 rebounds as a junior... named MVP of the North Carolina East-West All-Star Game after leading the West team to a win in Greensboro... scored 28 points in 25 minutes in that game... played AAU ball for the North Carolina Gaters... coached by Stan Kowalewski... played for the South team at the 2004 Olympic Sports Festival... former Harlem Globetrotter Fred "Curley" Neal, former NBA standout Lou Hudson, Washington Wizard Brendan Haywood and Cincinnati Bearcat Eric Hicks are just a few of the people who also previously starred at Dudley... transferred to Dudley from Southeast Guilford after his freshman season.
His first sports love was baseball, where he played catcher... began to concentrate on basketball in the eighth grade ... slammed home a dunk in an eighth-grade game ... nickname is K-Slay.