HUNTSVILLE - Head coach Jason Hooten and the Sam Houston State men’s basketball team have made another addition to their squad for the 2019-20 season, bringing in graduate transfer Dainan Swoope from Elon University.
The Bearkats claimed their first Southland Conference championship under Hooten during the 2018-19 season by going 21-12, their fifth 20-win campaign in the past six seasons. Sam Houston State also earned a berth to the postseason NIT.
Dainan Swoope • G • 6-0 • 185 • Overland Park, Kansas • Sunrise Christian Academy / Elon
Swoope started the first five games as a senior for Elon this past season before missing the rest of the campaign due to an injury. He averaged 8.0 points, 2.2 assists and 1.4 rebounds for the Phoenix.
He ranks 36th on the Elon all-time scoring list with 1,090 career points, is ninth in 3-pointers made (193), eighth in 3-point attempts (562) and 11th in assists (286).
“I think with the loss of our seniors and experience, we felt like Dainan was a good fit because he has been really successful playing in a tough conference and can play multiple positions,” head coach Jason Hooten said. “We feel like his experience playing the point can help Xavier (Bryant) continue to grow and give us a really good tandem at point guard because Dainan only has one year to play for us.”
As a junior, Swoope played in all 32 games, making 31 starts, and finished fourth on the team in scoring with 12.0 points per game. He knocked down 64 3-pointers and scored more than 20 points in eight games, which led Elon.
Swoope also led the team in assists (3.9 per game) and shot 82.4 percent from the free-throw line, both of which was fourth best in the Colonial Athletic Association.
He was named to the CAA All-Academic team as a sophomore after appearing in 32 games and starting in 22. He tied for third on the Phoenix in scoring with 11.7 points per game. He was also the recipient of the 2016-17 CAA Commissioner's Academic Award.
Swoope made a significant impact as a freshman at Elon, playing in all 32 games and averaging 22 minutes on the floor. He was named the CAA Rookie of the Week in November 2015 after averaging 13 points in two games, including a 15-point effort against No. 24 Michigan.
He made 60 3-pointers for the year and was fifth on the team in scoring, averaging 9.1 points per contest and took home his first CAA Commissioner's Academic Award.
During his junior year of high school at Sunrise Christian Academy, he finished runner-up for the 2014 Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year.
“Dainan has had great stats playing in a really good league and he can really shoot the ball,” Hooten said. “They had a coaching change (at Elon) and he wants to go someplace where there are good people and he can win because he only has one more season. I think he will be a really good fit for us.”