Jan. 9, 2006
Isaiah Swann is a big believer and hopes that Seminole fans everywhere soon will be too. As the only child in his family to attend college, this Germantown, Md., native is all about surprising people.
“Back in high school nobody thought I would make it here because I was somewhat of a problem child, so it’s kind of a shock to everybody. I always knew I could do it though,” Swann said.
He welcomes his new position of being a role model, especially for his younger sister.
“It helps her to realize that she needs to get her work done so that she can go to college,” Swann said. “She is looking up to me and wants to come to Florida State and play basketball, too.”
In the short time that he has been a Seminole, Swann has learned that with achievement comes expectations.
“It’s a lot of fun, but at the same time it’s a lot of pressure too. It has been my dream so I have to live up to it,” he said.
So far that is just what Swann has done.
“Ever since I got here we have been trying to make it to the NCAA Tournament. This year is a whole different team, and there is no doubt in my mind that we can make it — everyone’s just got to believe,” Swann said when asked about his goals for the team this season.
The 6-1 up-and-comer hopes that his move after last season from point guard to shooting guard will help make a difference in the team’s winning efforts.
“I actually like the switch,” Swann said. “I have played shooting guard since I was about 7 or 8 years old, but last year they wanted me to play point guard because it is a position that I will eventually have to learn. I like that I can play both.”
Swann may be finding himself in new positions these days but he still knows how to tell it like it is.
“If there is something that I feel needs to be said I am going to say it,” Swann said. “I’m going to try to set a hard-working example so that people will actually listen to me. If you don’t, everything you say will just go in one ear and out the other. I just try to live up to what they expect of me, so that I have the opportunity to correct people when they are wrong or give them my advice.”
And if anyone knows what it is like to be on the other side of the advice-giving spectrum it is Swann. When he first joined the team at Florida State he quickly discovered something very important — you have to leave your sensitivity at the door.
“Last year I took it as everyone was getting on me about everything, and you can’t look at it that way,” he said. “You try to look at it as a growing process and that people are just trying to help you get better. Don’t look at how they say it, but what they are saying.”
So far during his basketball career at FSU Swann has learned, taught and made a path of his own, and more than likely will continue surprising the Seminole faithful in what he can achieve.
By Erin Allison FSU Sports Information