Josh McSwiggan ('95) Signs to University of Portland -

Josh McSwiggan (’95) Signs to University of Portland

Former Great Britain Under-20 Josh McSwiggan has signed to NCAA Division 1 school University of Portland for the 2016-17 season.

The 6’7″ McSwiggan will join the Pilots having signed with UTEP following his prep career and redshirting the 2015-16 season with the Miners after an NCAA ruling requiring him to sit out one year.

He transferred to Casper College in Wyoming and averaged 13.6 points and 5.1 rebounds per game this season. He shot 44 percent from the field, 34 percent from three-point range and 82 percent at the free throw line. The team posted a 24-9 overall record in McSwiggan’s lone season with the Thunderbirds, as he was recognised with North Conference All-Region second team honours.

“Josh will be a good fit on campus and is expected to be an impact player for our program,” Head Coach Terry Porter said. “He has great size for his position and will be a versatile wing in our system. Josh is extremely athletic, can shoot with range, and is a good passer.”

McSwiggan, who originally came through the Charnwood College/Loughborough Student Riders programme, is expected to have three seasons of eligibility remaining.

“Josh is one of the most talented, versatile guys we have had come through here that has ever put on a Thunderbird uniform,” said Casper head coach Dan Russell. “He is a tremendous kid who excels in the classroom and is a great teammate. He has played a vital role in the Thunderbirds success this year, and it is because of his tremendous work ethic.”

McSwiggan joins a highly rated incoming class for Porter and the Pilots that includes four players that signed during the November signing period. The diverse group was rated the No. 17 class in the nation and the top mid-major recruiting class after the early signing period by the Hoop Scoop.

Hoopsfix wants to wish Josh all the best with the remainder of his college career!

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