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.