Sawvell happy so long as he’s playing

Ryan Sawvell averaged 6.2 points per game as a freshman last season at UE, often while playing at center rather than forward. JASON CLARK/COURIER & PRESS

Ryan Sawvell didn’t attempt a single 3-pointer during his freshman season at UE.

“But I actually have a pretty decent 3-point shot,” he said at Thursday’s media day. “I’ve been working on it a lot in the summer, and in the team workouts I’ve been doing a lot more screening out on the perimeter for shots. I’ve been hitting a lot of those.

“If I have an open shot, I’m not going to hesitate to take it.”

An increased perimeter presence in the 6-foot-8 forward’s arsenal is just one change Sawvell can make this season now that UE freshman Egidijus Mockevicius — all 6-foot-10 and 225 pounds of him — is cleared by the NCAA.

Sawvell notched most of his 6.2 points and 20.9 minutes per game last season playing slightly out of position at the five.

Mockevicius’ impact this season won’t be known for a few weeks, maybe months, but UE has the Lithuanian on board for four years if he wants to stick around. With a true center now on the roster Sawvell could see more time at power forward, where coach Marty Simmons said the Mundelein, Ill., native fits better.

Sawvell agrees with that.

“If I had to pick a spot, I’d say I’d be better suited for the four,” he said. “But as long as I’m on the court and we’re winning, I have no problem where I’m playing.”