UNC Calling On Swanigan

Five-star center Caleb Swanigan asserted himself as the top rebounder in the EYBL. Originally a member of the 2016 class, Swanigan is now in the 2015 class, and the Ft. Wayne (Ind.) Homestead product is picking up major offers.

The move from 2016 to 2015 had been rumored for Swanigan for a while, and at the end of the day he just felt it was the right move for his future.

"It accelerates the progress and growth that I have to make, but I made the decision because I feel it is better for me to get to college earlier so I can develop more," explained Swanigan. "It's not just about getting to the league, it is about preparing yourself."

Recently schools such as Arizona, Kansas, Xavier, North Carolina State, and others issued official scholarship offers. Those schools just added to an already lengthy list of offers for Swanigan.

Kansas has had a lot of recruiting success with post players recently, and that is a program that definitely appeals to Swanigan.

"It is big when a program like Kansas offers," said Swanigan. "They are one of the icons in college basketball, they get to the Final Four often, and it was great to get an offer from them."

Also the offer from Arizona was big for Swanigan who has taken a close look at the quality of big men produced by the program recently.

"Arizona just sent a big guy like Aaron Gordon to the league, and then also plays through their big guys a lot," noted Swanigan. "That is very appealing to me as an individual because they do that a lot in their program."

While those are some of the recent schools to offer, programs such as Kentucky and North Carolina are calling though neither have offered as of yet.

Kentucky is now firmly in the mix with the assistant coach hire of Barry "Slice" Rohrssen, who recruited Swanigan at Pittsburgh.

"Coach Slice moved from Pitt to Kentucky and I have always been close with him and Coach (John) Calipari seems like a genuine guy, so that relationship has been getting a lot better," said Swanigan of the Wildcats.

When it comes to North Carolina, the tradition of the program definitely appeals to Swanigan.

"Carolina is a big school," said Swanigan. "I haven't talked to Coach (Roy) Williams, but I have talked to the assistants a few times. Carolina is a great place and one of premier schools in college basketball, so it is good to hear from them."

Swanigan has no June visits planned, though some could definitely take place. In terms of a decision, there is no specific timetable, but he is not expected to make an early decision.

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