Coaches coming in for Swanigan
Five-star center Caleb Swanigan had a busy summer. Not only did he run with Spiece Indy Heat during the Nike EYBL, but he also was a member of USA Basketball’s gold medal winning team in Dubai. Now that he is back and coaches are allowed out, Swanigan is a top target. One of the major highlights for Swanigan was being a part of USA Basketball and winning a gold medal. “It was a great experience playing with all of those guys and just being embraced as a teammate by all of those guys,” said Swanigan. “Going on a long flight all the way across the world, it was just a great experience.” When it comes to the summer overall, the 6-foot-9 and 265 pounder says things went according to plan. “Overall it was a great summer for me,” said Swanigan. “I made every accomplishment I put out to make. It was just a solid summer for me, and I think I played pretty well.” In terms of recruiting, Swanigan hasn’t narrowed down his list at all. Schools such as Michigan, Michigan State, Arizona, UCLA, Indiana, Purdue, Missouri, California, Kentucky, Pittsburgh, Iowa, and a host of others remain in the mix. The first two schools to come in for in-home visits were Michigan State and Pittsburgh. About the visit from Tom Izzo, Swanigan said, “Coach Izzo was pretty much telling me everything he has been telling me since day one. He really wanted to come on day one to show that they are recruiting me the hardest, and that was really the message.” According to Swanigan, Pittsburgh also did a great job on their visit. “Coach (Jamie) Dixon is doing a great job,” noted Swanigan. “He has been texting with me a lot, and they have been recruiting me hard for a year now, and it has been a good experience. It was good talking to him, and it is a school I am interested in.” Now there is no slowing things down, Swanigan says he is expecting a lot more visits over the next week. “I have a lot more over the next few weeks,” said Swanigan. “(Today) it is Missouri, California, and Iowa.” While all the visits are coming from coaches, Swanigan says not to expect any kind of quick decision from him. “My plan is just to take my time,” noted Swanigan. “I want to take the opportunity to see some games and see the style of play each team uses. Also I want to see some more campuses, I have only been to three or four campuses, so I want to see more of those before coming to a decision.” Currently Swanigan is viewed as the No. 4 center, and the No. 8 prospect overall in the 2015 class.
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