Michigan women’s basketball team has secured a commitment from Syla Swords, a Canadian basketball star and a four-star recruit for the 2024 class. Swords, who is originally from Ontario, Canada, is the No. 26 player in the class according to ESPN. The 6-foot forward plays for Long Island Lutheran High School in New York and was named the women’s Canadian Player of the Week after her performance on the AAU circuit last weekend. She is among the 16 players participating in training camp with the Canadian senior national team. She competed for Canada last summer at the FIBA under-17 World Cup.
Michigan’s head coach Kim Barnes Arico has been successful in recruiting top talent for the team, with Olivia Olson, a 6-foot-1 point guard from Minnesota, committing to the team in September 2024. Olson is still the highest-ranked recruit in program history, despite falling from No. 3 to No. 9 in the class. Michigan’s 2023 class includes three players and is ranked No. 22 in the country and second in the Big Ten, behind only Maryland, per ESPN.
The Wolverines finished 23-10 last season, earning a 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament and losing in the second round to eventual national champion LSU. With the addition of Swords, Michigan’s women’s basketball team is expected to continue its success in the NCAA.