With Crean watching, Swanigan shines

2016 five-star center Caleb Swanigan and Homestead advanced to semistate last night.

You can try to defend him any way you'd like, but there's no true way to stop Caleb Swanigan.

At least not lately.

The 2016 five-star center played like a star in Saturday's Marion regional, and is the primary reason why Homestead will play in semistate next weekend. And he did it with Indiana coach Tom Crean watching.

Swanigan, who just recently received an offer from Indiana, has 26 points and 13 rebounds in Homestead's 59-57 win over No. 3 Hamilton Southeastern on Saturday night. That came after his 18-point, 22-rebound, 6-assist performance in the morning's win over Kokomo.

"He's unbelievable," Southeastern coach Brian Satterfield said afterward. "We didn't have a true answer for him."

Swanigan is the second-ranked center in the 2016 class and the 10th-ranked player overall. The 6-foot-8, 265-pound Swanigan also has early offers from Georgetown, Illinois, Tennessee, Michigan State and Pittsburgh.

The other in-state IU targets in action last night lost in regional championship action. Pike's Justin Roberts did not play due to a concussion he sustained in the regional semifinal game, and Zach Gunn was in foul trouble against Homestead. Pike lost to No. 2 Indianapolis Tech after leading for much of the game.

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