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Caleb Swanigan Named Preseason First Team all-B1G

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The Purdue sophomore is one of 10 players that was a preseason all-conference selection.

NCAA Basketball: Big Ten Conference Tournament-Michigan vs Purdue Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

Many of the 2016-17 Preseason honors are starting to come out with a month to go before tipoff. SB Nation named Purdue No. 16 nationally and called us the most physical team in America. Today the Big Ten officially released its 10 member all-Big Ten team, and it included Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan:

2016-17 PRESEASON BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Nigel Hayes, Wisconsin

2016-17 PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN TEAM

Malcolm Hill, G, Illinois

James Blackmon Jr., G, Indiana

Thomas Bryant, C, Indiana

Peter Jok, G, Iowa

Melo Trimble, G, Maryland

Derrick Walton Jr., G, Michigan

Caleb Swanigan, F, Purdue

Ethan Happ, F, Wisconsin

NIGEL HAYES, F, Wisconsin

Bronson Koenig, F, Wisconsin

Unanimous selections in ALL CAPS

As expected, there are some solid players here. Defending champion Indiana has two members in Bryant and Blackmon (even though Blackmon missed the Big Ten season last year). Wisconsin, the preseason favorite, has three players. Nigel Hayes was an SB Nation all-Big Ten 1st team selection a year ago according to the Big Ten bloggers.