Women's Basketball |
March 9, 2012
CINCINNATI – University of Cincinnati assistant women’s basketball coach Aaron Swinson was inducted into the inaugural Glynn County Hall of Fame on Monday, March 5, 2012. Swinson, a native Brunswick, Ga., was recognized for his achievements at the high school, collegiate and professional levels.
“It’s an honor for my family, friends, fans and last but not least, for myself,” Swinson said. “I always live by the motto: Remember who you are and who you represent. I represent my high school, Brunswick High, my family, my friends, Auburn University, the Phoenix Suns, Yakima Sun Kings and all European teams that I was affiliated with internationally. It’s not just for me, it’s for everyone who has helped me get to where I am today.”
Swinson joined a roster of seven other inductees, including 1997 PGA Championship winner Davis Love III. Each inductee was given a custom-made ring with eight stones in the middle, symbolizing each member of the inaugural Class of 2012.
“It’s an idea that has floated around in this community for several years,” said board of director’s president Kevin Price. “We took some criteria from other hall of fames in town to form our own. The basic qualification was you have to be 30 years old and have played in high school and in college. Beyond that, you had to be an ‘established resident,’ meaning you either grow up here and played in the recreational leagues, or if you were a transplant who moved here later in life.”
After playing basketball at Brunswick High School, Swinson received a basketball scholarship to Auburn University, where he became a three-year letterwinner and a two-year captain for the Tigers. A member of AU’s 1,000 Point Club, he was a two-time all-Southeastern Conference selection. Swinson concluded his career with a .609 field goal percentage, just behind Charles Barkley's .626 on the school's all-time chart. He had a 16.9 scoring average and totaled 1,386 career points, which is No. 12 in the program's history.
Additionally, Swinson has 11 years of professional playing experience, beginning in 1994 with the Phoenix Suns. He was selected as the first overall pick by the Yakima Sun Kings in the 1994 Continental Basketball Association draft and led the team to the CBA championship a year later. Swinson earned team MVP and first-team all-Rookie accolades that season. He also played 10 seasons internationally in Italy, Spain, France and Argentina.
“You could see the passion he has for working with young people,” Price said. “I could see him trying to bring out the best in people. He’s a living example of what he preaches. He made it to the NBA because he worked so hard and was dedicated. He carries himself well and is very well spoken. People came away from the ceremony with a greater appreciation for him.”