this story in today’s News and Record and on-line at www.news-record.com from sports reporter Rob Daniels and not good news at all for a kid we covered for many years while he was at Dudley and all the way back to when Kevin Swinton was a freshman at Southeast Guilford High School. When I saw Kevin for the first time when he was in 9th grade at SEG and he would throw down a dunk I would call it the Swin-ton Bomb.
I still remember it like it was just yesterday and Kevin was on the foul line in Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh and he was shooting free throws as Dudley was beating Boiling Springs Crest to win the State 3-A Championship back in 2005.
Kevin was suspended for one game at Wake Forest when he was a freshman for a having a paint gun in his dorm room, obviously he has a thing for guns and in this case, that’s not a good thing.
Here’s the report from Rob Daniels and read more at www.news-record.com:
Former Dudley High School basketball standout Kevin Swinton, who transferred from Wake Forest to UNC Wilmington over the summer, has been dismissed from the Seahawks team after his arrest on a felony gun charge, the school announced Monday night.
Swinton, 20, is due in a New Hanover County courtroom Nov. 15 for a first appearance.
According to court records, Swinton is charged with possessing or carrying a concealed gun, rifle, pistol or other firearm of any kind on educational property. The Class I felony is punishable by up to five years in prison and an unspecified fine.
“Kevin is a good student who comes from a supportive family,” UNC Wilmington coach Benny Moss said in a statement released by the university. “Unfortunately, he put himself into a situation that has resulted in him no longer being a part of our basketball team.”
As a transfer, Swinton would have had to sit out the 2007-08 season under NCAA rules. He was to have two years of eligibility remaining after averaging 2.8 points in 9.1 minutes per game as a Demon Deacons sophomore.
UNC Wilmington police records show that a weapons violation was reported at 11:39 p.m. Sunday in or near a campus residence hall.
Swinton, a 6-foot-7 forward, was named a fourth-team All-American by Parade magazine after leading Dudley to an NCHSAA 3-A state championship in 2005.
Swinton was the News & Record’s high school player of the year in his senior season, when he averaged 23.9 points, 12.3 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game
Swinton’s playing time at Wake Forest decreased from his freshman to sophomore years, and he elected to transfer after the 2006-07 season. He selected UNC Wilmington as his new destination over the summer, but he will apparently never play for the Seahawks.
*****Six o’clock already and I was just in the middle of a dream. I was chasing Valentino down a crystal clear Italian stream. It’s just another Manic Monday, well unfortunately for Kevin Swinton this is not a dream.