Harley “Skeeter” Swift, the Alexandria basketball legend, has been named to the Tennessee Sports Hall of fame. He and ten inductees will be enshrined at the Hall’s annual banquet on February 19, 2010.
One of two Alexandrians to play in the ABA-NBA, Swift began his basketball career at George Washington High School where he was All-State his junior and senior years and was named a High School All-American. Swift accepted a scholarship at East Tennessee State University where he played from 1966 to 1969. During his career he was a three-time All Ohio Valley Conference selection and was named the Player of the Year in ’68. In his junior year, he led ETSU into the NCAA field of 32 where they upset fifth ranked Florida State. He ranks sixth on the Bucs career points list with 1367 and ranks third in points per game for career average of 17.9.
Swift became a standout in professional basketball and played four seasons in the American Basketball Association for the New Orleans Bucks, where he was selected for the 1969-79 All Rookie Team. During his professional career he scored over 3000 points and still ranks as one of the top ten free-throw shooters in the American Basketball Association, now the National Basketball Association. Swift also played on the first San Antonio Spurs team.
After he retired from professional sports, Swift coached the Elizabethton High School Cyclones and Oak Hill Academy where he won a national private school championship.