Former Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bears basketball center Taylor Swofford, a 2012 JDHS graduate, has transferred from Minnesota’s Oak Hills Christian College to Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Mo.
“After high school I never thought I would be playing college basketball,” Swofford said. “I didn’t get that much playing time in high school.”
Swofford only began playing organized basketball when a sophomore in high school. His minutes were minimal during his JDHS career.
Swofford averaged eight points, 11 rebounds and three blocks per game during his sophomore season for the Oak Hills Wolf Pack. Oak Hills is a member institution of the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC), the Northern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NIAC) and the Association of Christian College Athletics (ACCA).
“I went from being a guy coming off the bench in high school to being a starter right off the bat at Oak Hills,” Swofford said. “It was really weird, I wasn’t used to it. It made me better; I learned how to play the game more and, as a starter, learned to keep going. I was used to being the guy on the bench who only played a minute and then was subbed right out. I definitely took a big step of improvement since high school. The hardest part was it got overwhelming with the responsibility, even off the court, because the team needed me. In high school they didn’t need me; this school was counting on me to be there every day.”
Swofford will be looked to to steady the middle for the Baptist Patriots who have one of the conference’s best-scoring guards.
“My role there will be the person that goes into the game and plays defense and rebounding,” Swofford said. “Grabbing offensive rebounds and setting screens for the guards.”
Baptist Bible is a member of the ACCA and regularly advances to the National Christian Colleges Athletics Association National Tournament.
The goal of Oak Hills and Baptist Bible is to teach and equip their students with the proper knowledge and skills that will enable them to become more effective servants and leaders for the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Swofford is working toward a Masters in education.
“I am hoping to be teaching at the elementary school level,” Swofford said. “As a Christian I wanted a good environment and I felt that going to a Christian school would be good for me, learning about the Bible and playing basketball with my Christian friends. It is definitely much different compared to high school. It is a blessing to be in college ball playing. I never thought it would happen.”