Throughout the recruiting process, Cameron Swartz's mother kept asking her if she really wanted to attend college and play basketball in Boulder.

After all, Swartz grew up in Marietta, Ga., and there were plenty of college options close to home.

"We went on the visit (to Colorado) and I just fell in love," Swartz said. "After that, if anybody even stepped close, I was like, 'You don't really have a chance.' There's only one other school that was even close and still was not close at all."

Nearly 18 months after making her decision to commit to CU, Swartz is finally at home in Boulder, ready to begin her freshman season with the Buffaloes' women's basketball team.

"It's cool, I like it," she said. "It's a lot — school, workouts, managing time — but I really like being able to say I live in Colorado."

Colorado really likes being able to say she lives here, too, because the 5-foot-11 combo guard has the tools to be a great addition on and off the court for the Buffs.

Playing for Fellowship Christian, a small private school in Roswell, Ga., Swartz led the state of Georgia — regardless of classification — in scoring as a senior, at 32.1 points per game. She also posted 8.5 rebounds, 4.1 steals and 2.9 assists per game.

While she was a do-it-all player in high school, Swartz comes to CU eager to truly work on her overall game.


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"In high school, my team wasn't the most talented," she said. "It's a Single A private (school). It's hard to try and practice; it's hard to get better."

The benefit to Swartz's high school experience is that she played every position on the court and learned to score in a variety of ways.

"We love Cam's mindset," CU head coach JR Payne said. "She can shoot it. She'd be top one or two or three best shooters on the team already. She's got limitless range.

"We like the versatility in Cam's ability to score. She can get to the basket. She's broad and stronger than a typical 18-year-old freshman. She can take contact, which will translate more quickly at the college game than a skinny kid that's going got get stronger. Cam can pull up, she can shoot the 3 and she can get to the basket. She comes with a tremendous offensive skill set, which we need."

Swartz's scoring ability could benefit the Buffs immediately, but she realizes she's got some work to do to get her all-around game up to speed.

"Defense is definitely where I need to improve," she said. "Getting in shape and getting my legs stronger will definitely help with that."

With seniors Kennedy Leonard and Alexis Robinson and junior Quinessa Caylao-Do at guard, Swartz has the luxury of taking her time to polish her game.

"It's going to take time and it's definitely a big adjustment (to college)," she said. "Even now it's a lot on the mind and everything, just trying to do all the little things right and shaking off all the rust and bad habits."

There's no place Swartz would rather be as she develops, however, and she's excited to see her game improve.

"I say the ceiling doesn't stop you," she said. "You just keep going and I just think I'm really enjoying for once having teammates that are good and can push me and get me a lot better, and just working on my defense and making my game better."

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BrianHowell33