Report: Boilermakers’ Caleb Swanigan Already Impressing


Last Friday was the first practice of the season for the Purdue Boilermakers men’s basketball team and their highly prized recruit, Caleb Swanigan, seems to already be impressing everyone around.

Nathan Baird of the Journal & Courier got a chance to talk with the team and they had nothing but praise for the young man.

“Whether it’s in the weight room, on the court, in the training room getting treatment — he carries himself like a professional basketball player already, as a freshman,” Boilermakers senior Rapheal Davis told Baird.

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This is the kind of news Purdue fans were hoping to hear. Initially losing Swanigan to Michigan State was heartbreaking, so knowing that Swanigan is living up to his billing so far brings a smile to your face. It’s been a rough road for Purdue men’s basketball since the Baby Boiler era ended, but this current team, with the addition of Swanigan, appeared poised to make some noise this season.

The Boilermakers were missing that consistent scoring threat last season, which is where Swanigan comes in. At 6-foot-9, Swanigan’s natural position is power forward, but he’s also able to step back and hit a jump shot or three-pointer. His offensive versatility will open the floor for guys like Kendall Stephens, Vince Edwards and the monster in the middle, A.J. Hammons.

Swanigan got a chance to show why he was a five-star recruit after making the 2015 USA Basketball U19 team and helping them go 7-0 and capture the gold medal. He averaged 6.1 points and 4.4 rebounds.

Purdue’s first exhibition game is November 8 against Northwestern Ohio.

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