There was good news and bad news from Purdue fans from the U-19 Team USA basketball camp today. The final cuts down to 12 players were made and while Vince Edwards did not make the final team, incoming freshman Caleb Swanigan did. from the official release:
Purdue freshman Caleb Swanigan has been chosen to represent USA Basketball at the FIBA U19 World Championship beginning later this month in Greece. USA Basketball cut down the roster from 16 to 12 players today to set its final traveling roster.
The World Championship will run June 27 to July 5 in Heraklion, Crete, Greece. Team USA has won the World Championship in 1979, 1983, 1991, 2009 and 2013. From 1979 to 2007, the event was held every four years, before being contested every two years beginning in 2009.
Sophomore Vince Edwards had made the round of 16 cuts, but did not get chosen among the final 12 roster spots. Five of the selectees will be college freshmen, three more will be sophomores and the remaining four are Class of 2016 recruits.
Swanigan is a USA Basketball veteran, competing on the squad that won last year's FIBA U17 World Championship, in addition to making this summer's U19 national team. During last year's U17 tournament, Swanigan averaged 8.0 PPG and 5.7 RPG while shooting 69.6 percent (16-of-23) from the field and 77.4 percent (24-of-31) from the free throw line. He also would contribute 11 steals, six assists and four blocked shots in helping Team USA to a 7-0 record and the Gold Medal.
Swanigan also suited up for Team USA in the 2015 Junior National Select Team during the 18th Annual Nike Hoop Summit.
Swanigan enters Purdue as a McDonald's All-American and Indiana's Mr. Basketball after averaging 22.6 PPG and 13.7 RPG in 2014-15, helping Homestead High School to its first state title in school history. He is ranked as the ninth-best player nationally in the Class of 2015 by ESPN.com and was named Indiana's Gatorade Player of the Year after setting school records in career points (1,649), career rebounds (1,048), single-season points (704) and single-season rebounds (424).
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