RIP Caleb Swanigan, A Purdue Basketball Legend
[Source] - Caleb Swanigan, the former Homestead and Purdue standout who played in the NBA, has died. He was 25.
The Allen County Coroner’s Office confirmed to WANE 15 that Swanigan died of natural causes.
Absolutely heartbreaking man. Caleb Swanigan was an All-American, Big 10 Player of the Year and one the 5 or so best players in all of college basketball during the 2016-17 season. His entire story is crazy though considering he lived through homelessness, battled obesity while in high school until he slimmed down and turned into a McDonald's All-American. He was the first Mr. Indiana player to pick Purdue since Glenn Robinson.
Then he came to Purdue and dominated. He was at Purdue for just two seasons but was dominant during that time. Started all 69 games he played in. He averaged 14.4 and 10.4 over the two seasons while playing over 29 minutes a game. Pretty good! He was obviously a star as a sophomore when he won Big 10 POY and was an All-American. That year he averaged 18.5 and 12.5. Just dominated the entire season.
He turned all that into being a first round pick. He bounced between the G League and the NBA but it didn't matter. He made it. Played in 75 games for the Kings and Blazers. Just heartbreaking news though man. 25 years old. Saying that out loud sounds crazy. RIP to a Purdue legend.