|Basketball||Baylor||PF / C||4L||Sr.||6'10' / 2,08 m||230 lbs. / 102 kg.||7'0"||9'7"|
PLAYER OVERVIEW: Tommy Swanson has played basketball at every level. Beginning in elementary school, he developed a love for the game. With dedication to be the best player possible, he honed his skill to the level that he became a state-ranked player and was heavily recruited by schools all over the country.
A 2002 graduate of North Crowley High School, Swanson chose Baylor University in Waco, TX to continue his education, where he received a full athletic scholarship. He graduated in 3 years with a bachelor’s degree in business management in 2005. In 2007, he obtained his master’s in sports administration.
Upon completion of his collegiate playing career, Swanson joined the San Antonio Spurs where he was an assistant player development coach and video coordinator. Still having the desire to play basketball, he opted to take his talents overseas. While playing professionally in the United Kingdom, Swanson was recognized as one of the Top 10 players in the league in 2008. The following year, he traveled to France and played for Angers (“On-Jay”) Saint Leonard (“Leo-nar”). In 2010, he completed his professional career with the Sendai 89ers in Japan.
In 2011, Swanson ended his playing career and launched Sportfolio Media LLC. This web-based venture produces individualized athletic portfolios to archive the careers of both amateur and professional athletes.
2005-2006 (Senior): Fourth-year senior most experienced player on team and only holdover from previous coaching staff… Returning starter at center has started last 55 games he dressed for… Veteran player still maturing in the game… Slender big man has ability to step outside and shoot the 3… Should benefit from additional talent on roster, not expected to see double-and-triple-teaming under boards like last season… Only second Baylor player in last six years to enter senior season with more than 60 career games played as a Bear (73; joins former teammate Matt Sayman).
2004-2005 (Junior): Started 26 games at center, missed two games due to eye injury in 2004-2005… Put together most productive season of career as junior, averaging 11.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, 0.8 blocks and 29.9 minutes per game… Posted four double-doubles on the season and scored in double-digits in 18 of 26 games played… Finished 11th in Big 12 in blocks per game with 0.81… Ranked 15th in conference in rebounds (5.8 rpg) and 12th in steals (1.42 spg)… Totalled a team-high 89 fouls on the season, with five disqualifications… Led team with 150 rebounds and 21 blocks… Recorded first career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds in win over Arkansas Pine-Bluff (12-1-04)… Had a career-high 19 points in game five at SMU (12-16-04), a total he would match two other times… Had career-highs of 19 points and four steals in following game, a win over Southern (12-18-04)… Enjoyed best statistical game of career in win over Chicago State (1-3-05), recording career-bests of 19 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks… His six blocks vs. CSU tied for the fifth-highest single-game total in school history… Posted 13-point, 10-rebound double-double in career-tying 37 minutes in win over Colorado (1-19-05)… Scored in double-digits in 14 straight games from UAPB to KU… Followed that streak with four-game stretch with 23 points and 18 fouls… Missed games at Kansas State (2-23-05) and at Oklahoma (2-26-05) after suffering eye injury in previous game vs. Texas (2-19-05)… The injury snapped a 52-game starting streak dating back to start of sophomore season in 2003-2004… Had 17-point, 10-rebound double-double and made career-high three 3-pointers in regular-season finale vs. Texas A&M (3-5-05).
- 2005 – Named to Spring Big XII Commissioner’s Honor Roll
- 2005 – Posted 6 blocks vs. Chicago State (1-3-05); Tied 5th Baylor Single-Game Record
- 2004 – Named to Spring Big XII Commissioner’s Honor Roll
- 2003 – Named Team Freshman of the Year
HIGH SCHOOL: Played prep ball at North Crowley High School in North Crowley, Texas… Did not complete senior season at NCHS… Texas Hoops rated Swanson the state’s No. 24 player prior to his senior season… Listed among nation’s top 300 prep seniors by Athlon Sports and named an honorable mention All-American by Street & Smith’s College Basketball in preseason publications following junior year… Played AAU ball for Team Texas-Red, Team South Oak Cliff and Fort Worth Finest prior to senior year… Named a 2001 honorable mention All-District 10-4A as a junior… Played only seven games as junior at NCHS following head injury… Averaged 14 points and seven rebounds before hairline fracture to his skull sidelined him for remainder of 2000-2001 season… Averaged eight points and five rebounds as a sophomore… Averaged 13 points and eight boards as a freshman in 1998-1999.