Get ready to hear more about Jamee Swan over the next few years. The Marana sophomore is already one of the top girls basketball players in Southern Arizona and is shaping up to be one of the most sought after recruits in the area in a long time.
Although she won’t step onto a college campus until the fall of 2012, Swan already has a host of scholarship offers including most of the Pac-10.
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Swan is an athletic, mobile post player who has already been ranked on ESPN.com’s top-100 watchlist for the 2012 class.
She was also invited to the Nike Girls Skills Academy in Los Angeles and used that weekend to also make an unofficial visit to USC.
“It was great,” Swan said of the visit. “We got to meet the coaches and players. We also got to meet the Athletic Director and a bunch of the coaches for other sports.”
Right now the Trojans are in good shape for her recruitment. Head Coach Michael Cooper has made it clear that Swan is one of his top targets in the 2012 class and she was impressed with his NBA career.
“They showed me a bunch of pictures of when Coach Cooper was with the Lakers,” said Swan. “That was pretty cool.”
She was even more impressed with one of the new assistant coaches, WNBA legend Lisa Leslie.
“She is my favorite player,” Swan said. “She is one of the main reasons I wanted to start playing basketball.”
Another big influence on Swan is her mother Diane. Diane played basketball at Oklahoma and is currently the Head Volleyball Coach and Co-Head Basketball Coach at Marana and Jamee plays both sports for her mom as well as competing for the Tigers’ track team.
In addition to the Trojans Swan really likes ASU and UCLA, but is still wide open, admitting she is interested to see what other schools get involved after she goes back on the travel team circuit.
The Wildcats have offered her and she likes the Wildcat coaching staff, but as of now Swan is looking to leave Tucson.
“I want the whole college experience and I am not sure I can have that so close to home,” Swan said.
Swan averaged a double-double, scoring 21.5 ppg and grabbing 15.2 rpg. She also averaged 6.3 blocks and 2.4 steals per game. She led the Tigers to the state playoffs, despite losing senior leader Lindsay Honea to an ACL injury early in the season and the team going through a sudden coaching change less than a week before preseason practice was to begin.