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Posted On: 12/4/18 1:45 PM
Stephan Dibongue Swenson is new to the Florida basketball scene … and new to the United States for that matter.
The Westminster Academy junior guard is in his first year in the U.S.
A native of Belgium, the 6-foot-2 point guard has stepped right into the starting lineup for for coach Ehren Wallhoff and the two-time defending 4A state champion Lions.
Dibongue Swenson scored 14 points and hit the game-winner with 6 seconds remaining in overtime as Westminster defeated Miami Palmetto, 65-64, at AmericanAirlines Arena last week. Dibongue Swenson canned six field goals, including a 3-pointer, on the way to his 14.
Then Saturday he posted 6 points and 8 assists in a 92-65 victory over perennial power Wellington at the Kreul Showcase.
“I came here to get a scholarship in college and pursue my career in basketball,” said Dibongue Swenson, who is friends with fellow Belgium native Toumani Camara from Chaminade-Madonna.
Dibongue Swenson wears No. 3 for WA and teams with guards Sam Griffin and Chase Johnston, seniors who have already signed on with the next level. He already looks very comfortable against big-time competition.
The left-hander has a nice stop-and-go move, is an excellent passer and defends. Westminster Academy is off to a 3-0 start and plays Class 5A Calvary Christian tonight (Dec. 4).
“The main thing [I am working on] is assists,” he said at the Kreul Showcase. “I want to improve in my assists, get 10 assists per game.
“I can find people. I can score, too. My main thing for me is my vision.”
And, apparently, hit game-winners.
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