Last season, Dainan Swoope was one of the bigger surprises to run on the circuit. He led his MOKAN Elite to a competitive Peach Jam run and returns for his second year of eligibility with momentum from a strong junior season at Sunrise Christian (KS). He has a talented squad around him that features some very talented underclassmen. D1's Nate Buscko caught up with Swoope yesterday, check out the interview below.
Nate Bucsko: What made you decide to play in the EYBL?
Dainan Swoope: MOKAN, the team I had grown up playing with got the Nike contract to be in it before I was 17U and the EYBL is the best place to get recruited in my opinion.
NB: What are your expectations for the 2015 EYBL?
DS: For myself, just to shoot it well every game and to be consistent and for the team to qualify for Peach Jam.
NB: What part of your game do you wish to improve in the EYBL?
DS: I want to improve my handling of the ball and get my shooting percentage up.
NB: Is there a certain player you are looking forward to going up against in the 2015 EYBL?
DS: There's way too many; I'm excited to play Malik Monk for sure.
NB: What's the biggest asset you bring to your EYBL team?
DS: Being the team leader and getting us all on the same page. Also, just knocking down shots.
NB: Do you model your game after a certain player/playing style?
DS: I love watching Stephen Curry play the game. I'm trying to get my game to be like his in a lot of ways.
NB: What's the most helpful thing a coach has ever told you?
DS: That every game is to expose or get exposed, don't try to do too much just do what you do to the best of your ability.
NB: Who is your biggest influence both on and off the court?
DS: On the court it's got to be my step-dad and off the court my mom and best friend Nick.
NB: What advice do you have to youngsters who strive to play at this level?
DS: To work on every part of your game every day and when it gets hard to keep fighting just to know that good will come soon.
NB: When did you realize basketball was going to be an avenue of success for you?
DS: My sophomore year when my high school team won state and my MOKAN team lost a few games I had started getting college interest and I knew it could do huge things for me.
NB: What's your favorite pre-game meal?
DS: Chicken Alfredo and Skittles (haha).
NB: What's your favorite thing to do outside of playing basketball?
DS: Collecting sports cards, NFL, NBA, MLB.
NB: What makes a good teammate?
DS: Someone that is highly skilled of course but who will also listen and work with you through all situations.
NB: Besides basketball, what career field do you see yourself in?
DS: I want to find myself as a lawyer or an accountant.