After break, Swinton to give hoops another shot at Oregon Tech

July 10, 2017

Kayley Swinton basketball

Kayley Swinton

After spending the last year away from the game, Kayley Swinton of Haines is giving basketball another shot.

The 5-foot-11 forward has signed with Oregon Institute of Technology, which was convenient because was already enrolled at the NAIA school and just completed her freshman year.

Swinton was discovered during an open gym – like literally, she was the only person in the gym when Oregon Tech coach Scott Meredith saw her shooting the ball.

“I watched two shots and knew she had played somewhere,” Meredith told the school’s website. “I invited her to an open gym where I watched her play. It was obvious she had been coached and I liked what I saw in her game. Soon after I offered her a spot on our roster and she accepted.

“She became our fifth and final recruit of the year. It’s a great story.”

Swinton followed her older brother Tyler to Oregon Tech because of the quality of its medical programs. Tyler played golf for the school.

Their mother Sarah is a former Haines basketball star from the 1980s and was inducted into the Alaska Schools Activities Association Hall of Fame.

Swinton was a two-time all-state selection in high school. As a senior she averaged 18 points a game and served as team captain.

“Kayley has unlimited potential,” Meredith said. “Her fundamental skill level is high, especially considering she sat out a year. She has a beautiful jump shot with a high release point. She quickly gelled with our returning players and is a great addition to our team. I’m excited to see what she will be able to do once she gets in basketball shape again.”