With college basketball right around the corner, Fan Rag Sports’ Jon Rothstein is unveiling myriad lists of who he expects to be impact performers when the season tips off.
Rothstein revealed his predictions for the most impactful junior college transfers this year on Friday, and includes Indiana’s Freddie McSwain and Ohio State’s C.J. Jackson on the list.
Here’s more on McSwain from Rothstein:
“A freak athlete, McSwain has the type of physical tools that the Hoosiers lost when Troy Williams left school early for the NBA. Tom Crean has always loved to coach versatile players that can play multiple positions and that’s just what he’s getting with McSwain. At 6-6, look for Crean to use this JUCO transfer like a Queen on a chessboard next season.”
“The Buckeyes desperately need another capable ball handling guard to emerge so JaQuan Lyle can slide to the wing and Jackson could be that guy. This kid doesn’t have to be great; he just has to be solid. If that happens, Lyle and the entire Ohio State program should benefit at a high level.”
A knee injury has limited McSwain in the preseason, but the 6-foot-6, 215-pound wing could play a substantial role for an Indiana team that reached the Sweet 16 last season. The Buckeyes will likely use Jackson as the backup point guard.