Top Performer: Micah Swallow
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Rapid City Central senior Micah Swallow has proven himself as one of the top boys basketball players in the state.
In fact, it’s no secret that Micah was the driving force behind the Cobblers success over the past two seasons.
Micah Swallow might have a quiet demeanor.
But when it comes to basketball, the Rapid City Central senior lets his play do the talking.
“I just enjoyed be able to play the sport this year and having a senior year,” Micah Swallow said. “Most of it is like having a family slash team to be able to play with and practice with. I just love to be competitive against other people.”
“He shows up everyday,” Central boys basketball coach TJ Hay said. “I don’t hear him complain just because that’s his demeanor. He just doesn’t really say anything. He goes about his business. He had a really really good senior year.”
A naturally gifted athlete, Micah can almost jump out of the gym just like his stats jump off the page.
Not only did Swallow lead the Cobblers in scoring this past season, but it was a record setting year for the 6-foot-3 guard.
“Actually, he set a school record this year with 22.4 points per game,” Hay said. “I don’t think I’ve ever had a player that’s averaged over 20 a game. He was just about 22 and a half points per game. Like I said before, about 10.4 rebounds per game. So he basically averaged a double-double every game.”
So far throughout his basketball career, Micah has had the opportunity to play with his twin brother Julian.
“We both have a competition on who makes the most points this one game and who gets a dunk in this game,” Swallow said. “We’re very very competitive between me and him.”
Although the Cobblers lost to Aberdeen Central in the So-Dak 16, it was still a memorable season for Micah.
Two months ago, he made a last second half court shot and upset the eventual state champion Sioux Falls Roosevelt Rough Riders.
“It felt great because usually you don’t get those type of shots once in a while,” Swallow said. “It’s like a lucky shot to make. And being able to beat the state champion people, the champion basketball players, it’s just nice to be able to know that we could have been in the tournament and we could have done something.”
Micah plans to continue his basketball career at the next level.
Congratulations to Micah Swallow on being named a NewsCenter1 Top Performer.
Top Performer Plaque is provided by Vanway Trophy and Award in Rapid City.
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