Swanigan commits to Purdue

One of the nation's top available prospects, Caleb Swanigan, opted to end his recruitment and commit to Purdue.

Caleb Swanigan is headed to Purdue.

In early April, Swanigan made a verbal pledge to Tom Izzo and Michigan State. He backed off that commitment on May 7th and in less than two weeks found his new home. Tuesday morning, Swanigan committed to Purdue, his mentor Roosevelt Barnes told Scout.

“I think he fits in great with their stystem,” Barnes said of Purdue. “He’s a very versatile player. I think he will always be a mismatch with [A.J.] Hammons and [Isaac] Haas, that means Biggie will have the second biggest guy on him.

“I think he’ll always have the mismatch, he’ll either be bigger and stronger than most guys or if they’ll be strong enough they won’t be quick enough to guard him. I think it’ll be a perfect fit for him.”

The second time around Swanigan considered Kentucky, California, Arizona among others. Barnes said he’s been impressed with Painter and his ability to develop players and that factored into the decision making.

“Matt Painter is a quality coach,” he said. “He has won coach of the year several times in the Big Ten. I think he’s capable of developing players. If you look at Robbie Hummel, E’Twaun Moore those two guys are still in the league.”

“Those guys were barely top 100 players, obviously he can develop guys,” he added. “A.J. Hammons has matured over the years and he’s pretty good in his own right.”

In the end, Barnes and Swanigan, a five-star center out of Fort Wayne (Ind.) Homestead Senior, felt Purdue was the best fit for him.

"They had a good team last year," Barnes said of Purdue. "They had basically the same record as one of the final four teams in their conference in Michigan State. I think it gives him the best opportunity to do everything he wants as basketball player."

Swanigan joins shooter Ryan Cline and Grant Weatherford to make up Purdue's 2015 recruiting class. The Boilermakers also recently added graduate transfer Johnny Hill to their roster.


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