When Harper became a national figure in 2009, there was a problem — he still had two years of high school left to finish, two years before he could even begin his journey through the minor leagues. Problem solved: He got his GED after his sophomore year and enrolled at the College of Southern Nevada, which would make him eligible for the draft in 2010, while he was still just 17.
The College of Southern Nevada plays in the SWAC conference, where only wooden bats may be used during conference play. This allowed Harper to emulate professional hitters in another way.
I never knew ther were two SWACS!
Yeah, one is made up of schools whose academics barely qualify them as Community Colleges, and baseball is played at a level lower than most big time high schools.
And then there is the one Bryce Harper played in.
In his one year at CSN, as one of the youngest college hitters in the nation, Harper hit .443/.526/.987. In 66 games, he hit 31 home runs. The school's previous record for homers was 12.