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Athlete of the Week: Wofford's John Swinton

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MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) – John Swinton has always worked himself and his teammates. The proof is on the floor. Now a junior at Wofford, for the first time he's heading to the NCAA tournament.

The tournament bid comes weeks after his old high school team, the Wando Warriors, picked up its first state title.

And now the junior at Wofford is this week's Athlete of the Week.

"It's a blessing. It's a testament to our hard work. It's been a lot of hard work this season and we've really dedicated ourselves. We've come together as a team this whole year and it's been great," he said.

Swinton has been working for this chance his entire life. From a young age he's been collecting trophies and building his basketball future.

"He's naturally a good basketball player and athletic, but he's just made himself a better player. He's shaped himself into a Division I athlete," said David Eaton, Wando's head coach. "John is a winner. Even though early on in his high school career they didn't win much, I knew eventually he wouldn't give up. He would continue to work hard and encourage his teammates."

Now he and his teammates are in Milwaukee to meet Michigan Thursday night in the NCAA tournament.

While Swinton is on the floor, in Mount Pleasant there will be a few more Swintons sweating.

"I often sneak away when he's on TV. I can't stand to see him get pushed around. But I think for this game mom's going to watch the whole thing. This is one of those things that could be once in a lifetime," said his mother, Cheryl Swinton.

It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience and a dream come true for John Swinton and his former coach. 

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