Swanigan puts on a show

There aren't many true centers left, but Caleb Swanigan is one of them, and the 2016 prospect is having a great season.

Ft. Wayne (Ind.) Homestead sophomore Caleb Swanigan is one of the best centers in his class. The 6-foot-8 and 260 pounder known to all as "Biggie", is in the middle of a dynamite sophomore year, and put up 27 points despite his team falling by one on Saturday night.

That big performance was business as usual for Swanigan who has been putting up huge numbers this season.

"I have been playing pretty well," said Swanigan of the season. "We are a young team and we are all trying to get used to each other and how to play as a team."

The biggest area of improvement for Swanigan over the past 24 months has been his physical conditioning. Always blessed with great hands and nimble feet, Swanigan now is in very good condition and that makes everything easier for him.

"Even tonight I had a hip pointer, but it was still a lot easier to get up and down the court and I know I am more explosive," said Swanigan after the game. "I don't feel like I am sucking for air, and when you aren't fatigued you don't have to think about being tired and can focus on your game."

Recruiting wise Swanigan has made pair of visits, and both went well.

"The only places I have visited are Pittsburgh and Michigan State," said Swanigan. "I went to both of their Midnight Madness events."

Abut Michigan State, he said, "Midnight Madness was great at Michigan State. Everybody camps out outside and the guys were just fun to be around. I got to scrimmage against some of them. It was just a good trip."

When it comes to Pitt, Swanigan said, "Pitt is really urban. I had never been to Pittsburgh before, and the university is right inside the city. It is like everybody is a big family there."

While those are the only two schools he has been to, Swanigan says he has heard from a few others as well.

"Coach (Jack) Owens from Purdue has been in touch, IU has come to one of my games, and a few other schools have been in touch with me," noted Swanigan.

Purdue has been after Swanigan as long as anybody, and he says he has already built a strong relationship with the Boilermakers.

"Since I was in eighth grade I have had a pretty good relationship with Coach Owens," noted Swanigan. "We have a pretty good relationship and I like Purdue and the way they play."

The other in-state school, Indiana has also seen Swanigan quite a bit on the recruiting trail, specifically in the summer.

"I like IU and the way they get up and down the floor," he explained. "They came to more of my AAU games than my high school ones, but I am interested in them."

For now Swanigan is in no hurry to make a college decision, and is focused on getting his high school team as far as they can go in the playoffs.

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