Caleb Swanigan, former basketball star and NBA Player, dies at 25
Caleb Swanigan who was a former NBA player and Purdue Boilermakers standout, died at the age of 25.
Swanigan died Monday night, according to the Purdue men's basketball team, but no further details were provided.
The Portland Trail Blazers selected him in the first round in 2017. Swanigan spent three years in the NBA with the Portland Trail Blazers and the Sacramento Kings.
Swanigan, Indiana's Mr. Basketball in 2015, was a highly in demand athletes who chose to stay home and play for the Boilermakers after committing to Michigan State.
Swanigan had an outstanding season at Purdue, earning Big Ten Player of the Year and unanimous First Team All-American honors.
He was also a finalist for the Naismith Prize
After that season, he entered the NBA draft and was selected at number 26 overall.
He appeared in 75 NBA games, averaging 2.3 points and 2.1 rebounds per game.
The Blazers traded him to Skal Labissier on February 7, 2019, with the Sacramento Kings, where he spent less than a year before returning to Portland on January 21, 2020.
Swanigan was a star at Purdue, averaging 18.5 PPG, 12.5 RPG and 3.1 APG in the 2016-17 season as a unanimous All-American and Big Ten Player of the Year.
He was also a finalist for the Wooden, Naismith and Oscar Robertson Player of the Year awards that season.