Recruit looks to rev-up the Lions engine
Josh Swearingin ranks among the Top 100 in Texas
Arlington Martin guard follows brother James to SAGU
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Southwestern Assemblies of God University, fresh off its third straight stellar basketball season, has announced the signing of their first recruit for next season.
Josh Swearingin, a six-foot-two guard from Arlington, Texas was the starting Point Guard for Martin High School, a perennial power in Class 5A.
Playing for veteran Head Coach Jeff Plemons, the Warriors were District 3 champions after posting a 13-1 league mark. Overall they were 19-7.
The Tribe was led by 6-foot-4, senior shooting guard Nick Babb. He signed with Arkansas.
Swearingin (SWAIR-en-juhn) was ranked in the Top 100 seniors in the state by Texas Hoops. Impressive is that listing, it was an award he garnered as a junior that may improve his chances of contributing quickly in Purple and Gold.
The Arlington Martin standout was named the District Defensive Player of the Year during his junior campaign.
SAGU Head Coach Donnie Bostwick and the Lions, 59-11 over the last two years, have built a reputation for high intensity defenses. Players with high octane engines who are high character guys are welcome!
The backcourt coaxed enemy snipers to misfire from beyond the arc, connecting on just 29% of their threes. That ranked No. 6 in the NAIA. Only three other teams in the nation made more steals than the Lions.
SAGU was driven to gain control of games by separating the ball from the opposition while limiting their own turnovers. They made just twelve miscues per game.
In fact, in 17 games they made 12 or less. Plus, Team Purple averaged more assists than turnovers.
Swearingin could fit like a plug and socket.
According to Texas Hoops, he is a steady floor leader who takes care of the ball and distributes it to the open man.
Capable of playing point guard or the shooting guard, the athletic Swearingin handles the ball well against pressure. Known for his court vision, he’s described as a savvy guard with a solid floor game.
The Lions will continue a very active off-season, including the announcements of additional recruit signings.
Replacing two-time National Player of the Year Dominique Rambo and Sooner Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year Caleb Gentry, both seniors, will be a tall order.
Jonathan Walter and Caleb Feemster, who play at the wing, and Emmanuel Adoyi, a forward, all return.
Securing athletic big men is critical to complimenting a team that hungers to make its mark against the NAIA’s best. There is also a need for another court-ready guard.
SAGU spent the entire season ranked in the Top 5, including their first-ever time at No. 1. The Lions play in the Sooner Athletic Conference, considered the toughest in the country.
Lions Basketball is broadcast in HD on the SAGU Sports Network. Social Media is a strong part of a fan base that supports the team with large and vociferous crowds.
Enter Josh Swearingin.
If his last name sounds familiar, it should. His brother James was a talented starter on the SAGU men’s soccer team.
He wrapped up a career in 2012 after scoring eight goals. He played a key role on SAGU’s lone season in the NAIA, in 2011, when the team went 10-9-5.