2016 - 2017 MASSACHUSETTS
BOYS BASKETBALL
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
AZAR
SWAIN
GUARD
THE RIVERS SCHOOL
WESTON, MASSACHUSETTS
SENIOR
HEIGHT: 6-FOOT
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HIGHLIGHTED STATS
23.1
POINTS PER GAME
6.1
REBOUNDS PER GAME
2.6
ASSISTS PER GAME
1.9
STEALS PER GAME
“I have always said that if I need to put the ball in a player’s hand with a chance to win the game, then that player would be Azar Swain. There is no kid that has embodied winning and impacts the game in so many different ways as Azar does.”
Tony Teixeira
Head Coach

Athletic Excellence


The 6-foot, 185-pound senior guard averaged 23.1 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.9 steals per game this past season, leading the Red Wings (20-7) to the New England Prep School Athletic Council Class B tournament semifinals. The NEPSAC Class B Player of the Year, Swain was the co-MVP of the Independent School League and a three-time First Team All-ISL selection. He concluded his prep basketball career with a school-record 2,185 points.

Academic Achievement


Swain has maintained a B-plus average in the classroom and represents one of the state’s top academic candidates in meeting the Gatorade award’s broad criteria. He has made a verbal commitment to attend Yale University, where he will play basketball, beginning this fall.

Exemplary Character


Swain has volunteered locally as a mentor and tutor to inner-city student-athletes and on behalf of the Special Olympics. He has also donated his time as a youth basketball counselor, coach and referee. “I have always said that if I need to put the ball in a player’s hand with a chance to win the game, then that player would be Azar Swain,” said Tony Teixeira, head coach of Roxbury Latin School. “There is no kid that has embodied winning and impacts the game in so many different ways as Azar does.”