Former Villanova forward Cole Swider transfers to Syracuse –

Syracuse, N.Y. ― Cole Swider has announced his decision to transfer from Villanova to Syracuse.

Swider, a 6-foot-9 junior, made the announcement on his Twitter page.

Although a junior, Swider would have two years’ of eligibility remaining because of the NCAA’s decision to grant all winter sport athletes an extra year of eligibility due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Swider was a four-star prospect in the 2018 Class out of St. Andrew’s School in Barrington, Rhode Island. He chose Villanova from a list of finalists that also included Syracuse.

Upon announcing his decision to leave Villanova, Swider had reportedly received renewed interest from Syracuse along with Rutgers, Indiana, Florida and Arizona.

This past season, Swider averaged 18.8 minutes, 5.7 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. He made 40.2 percent of his attempts from 3-point range.

Swider is the second player that Syracuse has added to its 2021-22 roster through the NCAA’s transfer portal.

Earlier this past week, Marquette transfer Symir Torrence, a 6-foot-3 guard, announced his decision to attend Syracuse. Torrence is a native of Syracuse who attended the Syracuse Academy of Science.

Syracuse has had three players announced their decisions to enter the portal. They include: sophomore forward Robert Braswell, redshirt freshman center John Bol Ajak and freshman guard Kadary Richmond.

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