On June 30th of 2017, top-100 forward Cole Swider committed to play for the Villanova Wildcats coming in as a Class of 2018 recruit. Swider committed to play for Jay Wright and the Wildcats over Xavier, Duke and Syracuse. His commitment provided as a massive recruiting victory for Wright and his staff over two Villanova rivals and a blue blood program.
Swider, and Providence-commit A.J. Reeves, were the two of eight candidates, recently chosen to compete in the American Family Insurance 3- point contest at the Final Four which will take place in San Antonio.
Although Villanova offered Reeves, the 6’5” 180 pound shooting guard proved himself as strong guard with a good shot and the ability to drive to the hoop. He was listed as prototypical off-guard for Villanova very much in the mold of incoming freshman Jermaine Samuels. However, he told Coach Cooley and his parents in late June that he was excited to commit to being a Friar.
Both Cole Swider & A.J. Reeves will compete @amfam 3-point contest at Final Four in San Antonio— Kevin McNamara (@KevinMcNamara33) March 22, 2018
Voting ended on Thursday March 8th, as it was narrowed down to 16 of the best high school 3-point shooters in the country.
As the two exceptional 3-point shooters were announced to be selected for the contest in the same moment, the @amfam event will look to be taking place live at the Alamodom on April 1st, on CBS.
Both Swider and Reeves will be more excited than nervous to represent their schools at the highly-renown competition.
Adding to these two standout shooters would be Casey Tuttle of Williamsville, Illinois, who shot nearly 40 percent from three-point range this season for the Bullets, and beat out West Hills (Santee, Calif.) guard Cam Berry by less than a percentage point, 50.46 to 49.54, will also be a competitor in the contest, as of announcement on March 17th. Tuttle is undecided on his school commitment.
Now, besides the three mentioned, the remaining five in the field of HS Men’s 3-Point participants chosen include Nate Laszewski of Notre Dame, Aaron Wiggins of Maryland, Cormac Ryan of Stanford, Myles Dread of Penn State, and Foster Loyer of MSU.
On March 8th, Class of 2018 signee Myles Dread was named Gatorade Boys Basketball Player of the Year for the Washington D.C. area so he will be one to look out for, while other players like Loyer tallied 3,691 points in the Mr. Basketball voting, nearly a 1,000 more than his runner-up. The four-star recruit garnered twice as many first-place votes as any of the other five finalists, owning the Mr. Basketball title. These eight players are superstars in each region they come from, while they are guaranteed to put on a show for this season’s round of the Final Four.
Moreover, Villanova’s Cole Swider will be heading into the competition with confident to represent Villanova in a positive manner, as has been a breakout performer this spring and summer for BABC on the Nike EYBL circuit and is widely known as one of the best shooters in the country.
All previously listed competitors will look forward to competing beyond the arc on the CBS network, during Final Four weekend, on Sunday, April 1 at 3:30 pm ET.