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#44 Gene Swindle
Position: Forward
Height: 6'11"
Weight: 265
Year: Redshirt Senior
Hometown: Miami, Fla.
High School: Gulliver Prep/Virginia Tech
Major: Economics
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  • Played a season-high nine minutes vs. UNCW
  • Scored first points of the season in home win over Drexel
  • Season-high 11 minutes at Towson and blocked a shot in fourth straigh game
  • Despite being a fifth-year basketball player, last year was first real season of competition after injuries at Virginia Tech


  • Declared eligible immediately following transfer from Virginia Tech
  • Two games with 10+ points
  • One game with eight or more rebounds
  • Made JMU debut with a pair of rebounds and blocks in win over Canisius
  • First college points on two free throws with 6:26 to go first half at La Salle
  • First college field goal with a first half pick-and-roll dunk against Robert Morris
  • Career highs of five points and three rebounds in win over Rider
  • Career high with six points and first collegiate assit in 17 minutes vs. The Citadel
  • Career-high five rebounds against Hampton
  • Career high of seven points in 18 minutes with three rebounds at Georgia State
  • Career high of six rebounds, including four offensive boards, in 21 minutes at ODU
  • Career game with 10 points and eight rebounds at Detroit

At Virginia Tech:

  • Redshirted as a freshman for the 2008-09 season with Hokies
  • Played less than one minute in Nov. 17, 2009 game against UNC Greensboro before injury believed to be career ending
  • Had one rebound and one missed field goal as only official statistics prior to JMU
  • Undergraduate assistant coach for VT for 2010-11 season

Before College:

  • Played for head coach Harry Gordon and Gulliver Prep School
  • Also played for Kenny Gillion and Team Breakdown as well as Guy White and Ambassadors on the AAU circuit
  • As a scholastic freshman, competed for Westminster Christian School
  • Three-time team captain while leading Gulliver Prep to three straight district titles
  • Averaged 15.3 points, 10.4 rebounds and 1.7 blocks for his career
  • As a senior, averaged 18.0 points, 14.0 rebounds and 5.0 blocks while being named First Team All-County in Dade County
  • Helped the Raiders to a state water polo championship as a junior
  • Also was a start for the district champion football squad at Westminster as a freshman, along with also playing volleyball
  • Member of student council


  • Son of Genevieve and Gene Swindle
  • Economics Major

Career Statistics

  Minutes  Total  3-Point  F-Throws  Rebounds   
Year  gp-gs  min  avg  fg  fga  pct  fg  fga  pct  ft  fta  pct  off  def  tot  avg  pf  fo  ast  t/o  blk  stl  pts  avg 
2011-12   31-13  455  14.7  34  67  .507  .000  22  36  .611  32  55  87  2.8  71  27  90  2.9 
2012-13   17-1  97  5.7  .125  .000  .500  12  17  1.0  21  0.2 
TOTAL  48-14  552  11.5  35  75  .467  .000  24  40  .600  37  67  104  2.2  92  32  14  94  2.0 

Career Highs

Pts 15 Drexel 2/22/12
Reb 8 Detroit 2/18/12
FG 7 Drexel 2/22/12
FGA 9 Drexel 2/22/12
3FG 0  
3FGA 0  
FT 3 Georgia State 1/23/12
FTA 6 George Mason 1/14/12
Ast 1 9x, George Mason 2/2/13
Bl 2 2x, Hofstra 12/3/11
Stl 1 9x, San Jose State 12/22/12
Min 36 Detroit 2/18/12

Getting to know Gene...

Why did you choose JMU?
Good fit for me and my family and also it's a great school.           

What is your major and why?
Economics, because I've always liked business and I felt economics was a good fit for me.           

If not basketball, what other sport would you play?
Either football or baseball; I played both in high school and liked them both a lot.           

What is your favorite thing to do in Harrisonburg?
Play basketball and meet new people.           

If you could go anywhere on vacation where would it be and why?
I'm in Harrisonburg most of the year so I would choose home back in Miami, Fl.           

How old were you when you first knew that you wanted to play basketball in college?
Probably in middle school when I realized that I was almost a foot taller than everyone else.           

Where did you live your freshman year?
I went to Virginia Tech my freshman year. I stayed in Cochrane hall while I was there.           

Which of your teammates would you most want to play in a one-on-one game and why?
It doesn't matter to me, I'm sure I can beat all of them anyways.           

What is one thing every JMU student should do at JMU before graduating?
Come watch the basketball team play of course.           

Where do you see yourself in five years?
Playing overseas, traveling, or working back home.            

What will it take for you to consider this season a success?
Play well as a team, not give up when we're down, win as many games as possible, and bring home the CAA championship.           

What was your most embarrassing moment in high school?
Got caught saran wrapping my assistant principal's car.           

What is your go-to song to get into the right mindset for a game?
Enter sandman           

Who on the team would be best at playing another sport?
Ray would probably be a good football player.           

Other than playing pro basketball, what are your career goals?
Hopefully get a good job to support and help raise my future family.           


NBA Player: LeBron James/ Dwayne Wade
Dessert: Banana pudding
US State: The Great state of Florida
Video Game: Mortal Kombat
Month: December
Pro Mascot: The Dolphins of Miami
Super Hero: The Hulk
Pizza Topping: Supreme
US President: Clinton
Sneaker: Whatever comes in my size

Pick One:

PC or Mac: Mac
DC or Marvel Comics: Marvel
D-Hall or E-Hall: E-hall
Twitter or Facebook: Facebook
Breakfast or Dinner: Dinner
Peanut or Plain M&Ms: Peanut M&M's
NBA All-Star Game or Dunk Contest: All-Star game
Wal-Mart or Target: Wal-Mart
Sports Center or Mike and Mike: Sports Center