College basketball: Garrett Swanson has traded the Big Sky Conference for the Big East.
The 6-foot-7 Mead graduate signed a letter of intent with Marquette University early last month. He spent his freshman year at Idaho State University, but was granted a release from his scholarship when the Pocatello school had a coaching change.
“I didn’t feel comfortable with the new coach (at ISU),” Swanson said. “I didn’t see a lot of good coming out of the coaching change.”
After he visited Marquette, located in Milwaukee, Swanson was convinced it was where he should land.
“I loved everything there,” Swanson said, “the society, the coach, the players and the team ethic. And Milwaukee is a bigger version of Spokane.”
Swanson was an all-Greater Spokane League first-team pick his senior year, when he led the conference in scoring at 21.3 points per game. At ISU, Swanson played in 19 games, averaging 5.5 points and 2.5 rebounds before coming down with mononucleosis.
He is in Milwaukee taking summer school classes. He’s also playing in the Summer Pro-Am League for college and professional players. He scored 17 points and had eight rebounds in his first game Friday.
Swanson chose Marquette over Alaska Anchorage, Fairfield University and Utah.
He will redshirt next year and have three years of eligibility remaining.
“The Big East is definitely different than the Big Sky,” Swanson said.
EWU WRs All-America
College football: Two Eastern Washington University wide receivers have been selected to The Sports Network’s preseason All-America team, which was released Monday.
Record-breaking senior Nicholas Edwards (Foss High, Tacoma) was named to the first team and junior Brandon Kaufman (Denver) was selected to the third team.
Kaufman, who along with Edwards helped the Eagles to the 2010 NCAA Division I championship, was an All-American in 2010 before redshirting in 2011 as an injury hardship. Along with senior Greg Herd (Steilacoom, Tacoma), all three starting wide receivers have earned All-American accolades and have 1,000-yard seasons in their careers.