Caleb Swanigan, former Purdue star who played for the Blazers, Kings, dead at the age of 25.
Swanigan had a difficult upbringing in Indianapolis. He was among six children who his mother,
Tanya was trying to care for as his father battled an addiction to crack cocaine.
The family stayed in homeless shelters , before shifting from Utah for a short time and then he returned to go to Homestead High School.
– In 2015, as a senior, Swanigan helped lead the Homestead basketball team to their premier state title in school history.
He decided to go to Purdue after he had withdrawn to Michigan State, and was immediately successful.
Swanigan played in every game as a freshman. He setting records.
He set a Purdue record when he was awarded Big Ten Freshman of the Week three times and selected as a member of the Big Ten All-Freshman team.
He also played every game in his sophomore season and was a star throughout the entire season.
He set Purdue individual records of double-doubles and rebounds. He was an undisputed First-team All-American as well as The Big Ten Player of the Year.
The team also placed him in the finals in the Wooden Award in 2017. Wooden Award.
Swanigan was a player in the NBA after his sophomore year He was selected at 26th overall for the Blazers in the draft of 2017.
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