Swanigan shows off at Purdue

Rising sophomore center Caleb Swanigan impressed at Purdue's team camp. Boiler Sports Report caught up with the Homestead (Ind.) High School standout and offers the latest in his recruitment./

With three Purdue coaches watching closely, Caleb Swanigan tried to put on a show. The Homestead (Ind.) High School big man proved why he is a rising star in the class of 2016.

For some, this might be pressure. Each move was being evaluated, and this process could decide whether an offer comes. But Swanigan has been in this position before.

"When you play AAU and EYBL where there's 150 coaches sitting on the side, it's just another game," said Swanigan. "You've just got to play hard and do what you normally would do."

Swanigan just played his game. He wasn't pressing or trying to do anything special. The center was a force underneath the hoop, playing strong defense and pulling down rebounds. On offense, Swanigan is a versatile scorer who plays a simple game.

"I let the offense come," Swanigan said. "I don't focus on offense. If I get it on the block, I'm going to score. But I try to focus on rebounding and letting the offense come."

Thursday's team camp in West Lafayette gave Swanigan the opportunity to push for a Purdue offer in front of the coaching staff. He has received plenty of high-major interest but no offers just yet.

While Swanigan acknowledged the convenience of Homestead's summer schedule bringing him to Purdue, that's not the most important aspect of the trip.

"It's great, but I'm not here for [the Purdue coaches]," Swanigan said. "I'm here for my high school team. We're getting together, creating some chemistry for the next high school season."

Swanigan is in the beginning stages of his recruitment, with offers likely to come soon. Purdue is a program he hopes will offer a scholarship in the future. For now, his concern is on building team chemistry and making improvements.

"I'm still not focusing on offers," he said. "I'm just getting my body right. If the offers come, they come."

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Northwestern Wildcats, and currently covers the Purdue Boilermakers. A Chicago native, he resides in West Lafayette.
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