After becoming the all-time scoring leader at his high school in Montgomery, W. Va., Swyers became a legend at West Virginia Tech where he helped the team become the top scoring team in the nation with a 107.5 points per game average. Swyers, who averaged 30.2 per game that season finished his collegiate career with 2149 points. He was chosen for a berth on the 1955 Helms Foundation Little All-America team and nine years later was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame. He went on to play for the Goodyear Wingfoots where he was twice named to the AAU All-American Team. Swyers led the team in scoring in 1958 with 614 points and set a team single game record with 37 against the Phillips Oilers.