Dylan Swingle’s dedication shows it takes more than talent

The No. 6 recruit in Ohio, Dylan Swingle, may have the size and strength of a natural athlete, but his dedication to his sport makes him stand out.

The three-star stands in at 6 foot 9 inches and 275 pounds, helping him excel on the court.

Last season, the Paint Valley High School junior averaged 22 points per game and 13 rebounds, putting him on the radar of some of the top colleges in the state and country.

“My strengths are my post game … I have a good jump shot as well,” Swingle said.

He models his technique on an NBA player whose size is reminiscent of his own — 7-foot-1-inch, 255-pound center Marc Gasol.

“I feel like my playing style can be compared to Marc Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies,” he said.

Swingle works constantly to improve his game by “working out with multiple people, … lifting, doing agility work and plyometrics.”

The power forward’s drive to improve goes further than just his workout routine, extending to his entire attitude about the game.

“My mentality on the court is to work harder than everyone,” Swingle said. “If I only focus on this, everything else will take care of itself.”

His coach, Dave Shoemaker, reiterated Swingle’s dedication to basketball.

“He is a very hard worker and a good person, both on and off the court,” Shoemaker said

This tough mentality also paves the way for his goals for his senior season. Swingle wants his team to win its league and go far in the tournament.

His upcoming senior season will coincide with making his college decision.

Swingle has offers from several major college programs across the country. This list includes West Virginia, Akron, Bowling Green, George Washington, Ohio State, Pitt and Clemson.

Swingle recently visited West Virginia and said that it is one of his favorite schools. However, his favorite team growing up was Ohio State, he said.

Making things a little more complicated, one of Swingle’s close friends and his role model Jake Kretzer plays basketball at Akron. The pair have been friends since second grade and as fellow athletes give each other support.

Swingle has a specific set of guidelines to find the best program for him. He wants a school with a good coach who plays the game in a similar style as him, he said.

Off the court, Swingle likes spending time with the people around him who act as a support system.

“I love hanging out with both my family and friends,” he said.

Swingle also loves video games, and his passion for basketball is reflected in his video game tastes.

“I like playing NBA 2K17,” he said.

For Swingle, his love for basketball all comes back to one clear goal after college: to play professionally.

“My goal is to work as hard as I possibly can, then maybe, one day, I can get paid to play,” he said.“That is my ultimate goal.”