Well, a lot of people did see this one coming. Caleb “Biggie” Swanigan has decided to enter his name in the 2017 NBA draft and stay in the draft.
This isn’t great news for Boiler Nation. Swanigan was an absolute beast his Sophomore season, averaging 18.5 ppg, 12.5 rpg and 3.1 apg. Swanigan showed this season that he is more than just a down low force after making 45% from the 3 point line.
Swanigan finished as a first team all-American in the 2016-2017 season, while also being named Big Ten player of the year, first team all Big Ten, Lute Olson award and Pete Newell Big Man award. Swanigan was also a finalist for College Basketballs most prestigious award, the Naismith trophy and the Wooden award.
However, with Swanigan leaving, Purdue is only losing Spike Albrecht and Swanigan from last years Big Ten championship team. Purdue is adding two, 4 star recruits in Nojel Eastern and Matt Haarms, and also adding Aaron Wheeler, a 3 star recruit.
Purdue, who lost in the Sweet 16 by 32 points to the Kansas Jayhawks, will still be in contention to repeat as Big Ten champions.
Swanigan is one of the most underrated players in this draft as he can get every rebound, hit outside shots and dominate the pain offensively. Swanigan is looked upon as a late first round pick or early second round selection.
If I had to give an NBA comparison to Swanigan it would be Draymond Greene. Both were big boys in their younger years, transformered their bodies, dominated the Big Ten, were overlooked in the draft, but can do the same thing son the court. Their games are very similar.
Good luck Biggie. Some team is getting a real solid player.