Cole Swider’s college basketball career is over.
The fourth-year Syracuse forward and Portsmouth native has entered the NBA Draft and plans to sign with an agent. That will scuttle what could have been a fifth season of eligibility in 2022-23 thanks to a blanket COVID-19 waiver offered by the NCAA.
Swider averaged 13.9 points and 6.8 rebounds in a lone year with the Orange. The 6-foot-9 wing shooter transferred to the ACC after three seasons at Villanova, taking advantage of an opportunity to earn an expanded role in the rotation. Swider isn’t currently projected to be selected in either of the two rounds in June, but he’s making an age-appropriate decision at 22 when compared to most other prospects available.