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Neosho County forward Freddie McSwain set to choose between Indiana, Kansas State

Freddie McSwain (21) celebrates a victory with Neosho County teammates in the NJCAA Region VI final at Hartman Arena.
Freddie McSwain (21) celebrates a victory with Neosho County teammates in the NJCAA Region VI final at Hartman Arena. Correspondent

The countdown has begun.

Neosho County forward Freddie McSwain will choose between Indiana and Kansas State at 5:30 p.m. on April 24 in a ceremony at his junior college. That gives him 12 days to reflect on his recruiting trips to Manhattan, take an official visit to Indiana and then make a decision.

He may need every minute. As of now, his two finalists are on level footing.

“Each school can develop me more, and they see a lot of great things in me,” McSwain said by phone. “They can help me get to the next level and increase everything about me.”

McSwain, a 6-foot-6, 220-pounder, has become a sought-after recruit in recent weeks. He was also previously considering Auburn, Illinois State and Bradley, as well as UNLV.

K-State surged into his top two after a pair of visits to Manhattan.

“It’s a great place and a great environment, just a great community,” McSwain said. “I had a great time there and I enjoyed everybody. Even the coaching staff felt like family. I just enjoyed everybody there.”

McSwain is also high on Indiana, and will check out the Hoosiers’ campus next week. The visit begins Monday and ends Wednesday.

One advantage K-State may have in the recruiting battle is associate head coach Chris Lowery, whom has handled McSwain’s recruitment. He has a unique connection with McSwain’s father, having played together at Southern Illinois.

“They were just catching up on good old times and stuff when I was on a visit there,” McSwain said. “It felt good to see my dad connecting with an old friend and having a good time.”

The Wildcats have one open scholarship following the transfer of freshman guard Ron Freeman. McSwain is K-State’s top target to replace him.

A versatile player capable of playing both small forward and power forward, he could get significant minutes immediately with the Wildcats.

“They say they don’t have a guy like me,” McSwain said. “I can play some big minutes there. I have two years left and they know I am a junior-college guy trying to play. For Neosho, I was a three and a stretch four. Probably at the next level, I will play more three. I will be working on my outside game a lot.”

Kellis Robinett: @kellisrobinett