Cole Swider Bio: NBA & Net Worth

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Cole Swider is a rising NBA star who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers and its G League affiliate, the South Bay Lakers.

He was undrafted in the 2022 NBA Draft but secured a Lakers contract due to his talent and potential.

The 2.06 meters tall basketball player began playing at St. Andrew’s School in Rhode Island, where he received recognition as the Rhode Island Gatorade Player of the Year.

Later, he decided to play college basketball for Villanova and spent his first two years there before moving to Syracuse for his junior year.

Cole Swider For The Lakers
Cole Swider For The Lakers (Source: Sports Illustrated)

But why did Cole Swider transfer to Syracuse, and how is his NBA career going? Make sure you read till the end to figure it out.

Furthermore, this article will discuss Cole Swider’s personal life, education, and net worth. But, before that, let’s look at his quick facts first.

Quick Facts

Full Name Cole Swider
Nick Name Cole
Date of Birth May 8, 1999
Age 25 years old
Birth Place Portsmouth, Rhode Island
Nationality American
Ethnicity Not available
Zodiac Sign Taurus
Height 6’9″/206 cm/2.06 m
Weight 220 lbs/100 kg
Hair Color Brown
Eye Color Hazel Brown
Father’s Name Jeff Swider
Mother’s Name Jenny Swider
Grandmother’s Name Peggy Matteson
Siblings Two Sisters (Kylie and Courtney) and One Brother (Connor)
High School St. Andrew’s School 
Education Communication and Rhetorical Studies 
  • Villanova University (2018–2021)
  • Syracuse University  (2021–2022)
Marital Status Single
Wife Not Available
Children Not Available
Profession Professional Basketball Player
Position Power Forward
Leagues NBA and G-League
NBA Draft Undrafted in 2022
Debut Year 2022
Playing Teams
  • Los Angeles Lakers (2022-Present)
  • South Bay Lakers (2022-Present)
Jersey Number 20 (Los Angeles Lakers)
Awards and Achievements
  • 2021 Fall and 2022 Spring Athletic Directors Honor Roll 
  • Rhode Island Gatorade Player of the Year
Net Worth Approximately $1 Million
Social Media Instagram, Twitter 
Merch Signed Photo
Last Update May 2024

Early Life & Education

Cole Swider was born in the small town of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, on May 8, 1999, to his father, Jeff Swider, and mother, Jenny Swider. He has two sisters – Kylie and Courtney and one brother, Connor Swider.

Swider grew up in a family of basketball enthusiasts; no wonder he developed a passion for it at a young age.

His father was a basketball player at Fordham University, and his grandmother Peggy Matteson had played basketball at the University of Rhode Island.

Cole Swider with his sister Kylie Swider
Cole Swider With His Sister Kylie Swider (Source: Twitter)

Furthermore, his sister Kylie plays for the Villanova basketball squad and is in her junior year, while his brother Connor is also a skilled basketball player.

His sister Courtney is also a talented athlete, playing for the Richmond Women’s Basketball team.

For education, Swider attended St. Andrew’s School, where he was well-known for his basketball skills.

He then attended Villanova for two years before transferring to Syracuse University, where he studied communication and rhetorical studies.

Age, Height & Weight

Cole Swider was born in May 1999, which makes him 25 years old. People born in May are Taurus.

Cole has impressive height as he stands 6 feet 9 inches (2.06 m) tall and weighs 220 pounds (100 kg). 

Early Career

Swider began his basketball journey at his high school, where he was coached by Michael Hart.

With his impressive stats and unwavering passion for the game, he was hailed as a legend in high school and even earned the prestigious title of Rhode Island Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior.

Cole was well-known as one of the most promising prospects in the country. When he finished high school, several top college programs offered him scholarships, including Villanova, Syracuse, Xavier, and Duke.

Even though he had many options, he ultimately decided to play for Villanova, where he showed exceptional skill and dedication during his first two years on the team.

However, he felt he wasn’t playing his game and struggled to find the crucial role at Villanova.

Cole Swider playing for Syracuse University
Cole Swider Playing For Syracuse University (Source: Lakers Nation)

So, he decided to transfer to Syracuse University, where he quickly established himself as the Orange’s starting power forward.

He was named to the 2021 Fall and 2022 Spring Athletic Directors Honor Roll, further cementing his reputation as an exceptional player.

Swider’s love for basketball and his drive to succeed knew no bounds. Thus, he declared for the 2022 NBA Draft, eager to take his skills to the next level and embark on a professional career. 

Professional Career

Swider declared for the 2022 NBA but went undrafted. But this didn’t stop him from pursuing his NBA dream. He signed a two-way contract with the Los Angeles Lakers on July 1, 2022.

Since signing with the Lakers, Swider has been splitting his time between the main team and their G League affiliate, the South Bay Lakers. He is making a name in the G league for his fantastic performance.

Cole Swider South Bay lakers
Cole Swider South Bay Lakers (Source: Twitter)

In fact, Swider’s talent and determination were on full display when he joined the Lakers’ 2022 NBA Summer League roster. His impressive skills caught the coaching staff’s attention, earning him recognition and respect from his fellow players and fans.

On February 25, 2023, Swider registered 37 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, and a block across 32 minutes of Saturday’s 148-126 win over Iowa.

Cole has indeed made his dream a reality by playing for one of the most successful teams in the history of the NBA alongside stars such as Anthony Davis, D’Angelo Russell, and LeBron James.

Swider is just starting and is determined to make a name for himself in basketball, which he likely will.

Awards & Achievements

Swider has earned several notable awards and achievements throughout his basketball career, including : 

  • 2021 Fall and 2022 Spring Athletic Directors Honor Roll
  • Rhode Island Gatorade Player of the Year

Girlfriend & Relationship 

Unfortunately, there is no information available about Cole Swider’s girlfriend.

Apparently, the player is single and focusing on his career or in a secret relationship. Whichever it is, stay tuned for the updates!

Net Worth & Salary 

There is no exact information on the net worth of Cole Swider, but it can be estimated that his net worth is around $1 million.

According to hoops hype, his salary for 2022/23 is $508,891, and for 2023/24 is $547,349. The player is just starting out, and as he starts getting fame, it’s sure that his net worth and salary will likely increase.

Interesting Facts About Cole Swider

  • Cole Swider competed in the 2018 Nike Hoop Summit as a USA Junior National Team member.
  • All of his family members except his mom are known to be basketball players.
  • Swider is projected to be the 10th best-paid player of the Los Angeles Lakers next year. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

What team does Cole Swider currently play for?

Swider currently plays for Los Angeles Lakers. But since he is in a two-way contract with them, he is splitting time with their G League affiliate, the South Bay Lakers.

Was Cole Swider injured?

Yes, Cole Swider was out due to injury, as he was diagnosed with a stress reaction of the navicular bone. After resting for a while, Cole Swider is back in the league.

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