Another Swanigan Emerging Out West

by Calvin Davis

April 13 2018


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SALT LAKE CITY, UT — There are many elite players that find themselves in search of greater competition in order to improve, and that statement certainly rings true for Trayvaughn Swanigan. While Utah produces a consistent amount of Division I talent, no state can compete individually with the challenge that the national travel circuit presents.

So when new opportunities are presented to Swanigan, he typically gravitates toward the challenge, and seeks to compete against the best of the best from beyond his home state of Utah. Based on his recent performances, it’s fair to say that when battling against the best players in the country, Trayvaughn Swanigan always puts his best effort on display.


  • Class of 2022
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  • C
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  • 6'4
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  • 235
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  • Salt Lake City, UT
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This was certainly the case in December 2017 at the CP3 National Middle School Combine in North Carolina where Swanigan earned Top-20 honors. The 6-foot-4 post prospect praised the coaching he received during the event, credited his teammates for his successes, and said that he thoroughly enjoyed competing against the best prospects in the country.


“The CP3 Middle School Combine was great; I had lots of fun playing with some of the top eighth-graders in my class. I don’t usually get that much competition on the West Coast or in Utah. East Coast basketball is pretty different, but that’s the play style I’ve prepared for; playing more aggressive. I like it better that way.” – Trayvaughn Swanigan

According to Swanigan’s mother, Valerie Swanigan, his grandfather, as well as his uncle, have been major influences in his basketball interest. His uncle, Caleb Swanigan, has enjoyed a successful journey since high school, playing Division I in the Big Ten at Purdue, and later becoming a 1st Round selection of the NBA Draft where he is currently a member of the Portland Trailblazers. 

Having an uncle in the NBA serves as constant motivation for Swanigan to work harder and improve. Much like his uncle, Swanigan is expected to be a late-bloomer physically, and should continue his dominance on the basketball court as his conditioning improves and his body continues to mature. The list of skills he wants to work on and develop is constantly growing but he narrowed his list down to a few when asked by


“Shooting the three more consistently and having more of a motor on the court are some things I need to work on. I’ve been working on making smart plays when I’m driving and getting double-teamed, and I’m just looking to show that I’m a killer on the court.” -Trayvaughn Swanigan

Swanigan will be playing with the Adidas-sponsored Exum Elite program this spring and summer. The Utah-based program carries the name of current Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum and is expected to have a national schedule lined up for its teams again this season. As he prepares for his freshman season of high school basketball, expect Trayvaughn Swanigan to become a more familiar name in the Class of 2022.


Calvin Davis

Calvin Davis is a Regional Scout and Staff Writer for Currently residing in Chicago, Illinois, Calvin is a contributor to XXL, Blavity, and is a City Bureau Fellow. See the 'About Us' page for Calvin's full bio.
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