College Basketball – Meet the Boilermakers: Caleb Swanigan

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Every few days, PurdueSports.com will introduce a new member of the Purdue men’s basketball team. Our next feature subject is Caleb Swanigan, a 6-9, 250-pound power forward from Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Homestead High School.

Swanigan was a McDonald’s All-American and Indiana’s Mr. Basketball after averaging 22.6 points and 13.7 rebounds per game in helping Homestead to its first state title in school history in 2015. An outstanding student, Swanigan graduated from Homestead in three years and was widely considered the best rebounder in all of high school basketball. He was the No. 9-ranked recruit in the country by ESPN and has helped Team USA to a pair of gold medals in the last two years, coming at the U-17 and U-19 World Championships.

Let’s meet Caleb Swanigan.

Three words that describe me: Hard-working, relentless, sauce

One word to describe my game: Sauce

Best player I have ever faced and when: DeMarcus Cousins or Anthony Davis in my junior year of high school

Three players on my Dream Team: Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson

Team I would like to see on our schedule and why: North Carolina or Duke. Two of the sport’s blue bloods

Most memorable sports moment: Winning gold medals with USA Basketball

Event I would have liked to have witnessed: Any Michael Jackson concert

Celebrity crush: Rihanna

Best non-athletic talent: Playing Call of Duty

Magazine cover I would like to be on: Time

Dream job: NBA player or a civil rights activist

Favorite musical artist: Kanye West

Song I have to listen to before games: Any Kanye West song off the Graduation album

Favorite food: Salmon

Favorite sports movie: Space Jam

Favorite non-sports movie: The Wood (1999)

Favorite TV show: Martin

Favorite NBA player: Joe Johnson

Favorite NBA team: Don’t have one. Only watch players

Favorite non-NBA professional team: Detroit Tigers

Advice to Youngsters: Confidence makes up for lacking anything physically and love yourself first.

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