Purdue star Caleb Swanigan, one of the best players in college basketball and an All-American, announced that he would not be coming back to West Lafayette for his remaining two years of eligibility and would instead enter the NBA Draft.
I never talked to the media before I showed loved to my people. I gave everything every night #RNE y'all family forever made it special the 20-20 games winning the big ten y'all made it special. I don't let everybody in my heart but that get it from the dirt blue collar steelo I embraced my entire life. I fitted right in. And idc what anyone says we made Purdue look sexy. We don't need that fabricated bs like the school down south. BOILER UP FOR LIFE ! #50thelegacy #RIP5
Swanigan is projected by most to be a second round draft pick, despite the fact that he was a better college player than many who will be taken ahead of him. He led Purdue to a Big Ten regular season title this year, and he ranked as the fourth-best player in the country, according to the advanced metrics site KenPom.com. In addition to being a top rebounder, he can also shoot well from three.
He was “nationally ranked” in KenPom (top 500 nationally) in minutes percentage, usage rate, offensive rating, shot percentage, effective field goal percentage, true shooting percentage, offensive rebounding percentage, defensive rebounding percentage, assist rate, block percentage, free throw defense per 40 minutes, free throw rate, free throw percentage, two-point field goal percentage and three-point field goal percentage.
But the most interesting thing about Swanigan is his story. Once homeless and obese, Swanigan became a five-star basketball recruit after moving in with his adoptive family, and he transformed his body and his game to become a future NBA player. Nicknamed “Biggie,” he was 6-foot-2, 360 pounds in eighth grade, according to a Bleacher Report profile. He’s now 6-foot-9, 250 pounds.
Here’s to Biggie lighting up the NBA, just like he did in college.