Yeah, Biggie did it again. For the second week in a row, and third week overall this season, Caleb Swanigan was named the Big Ten Player of the Week. When you have consecutive 20/20 games of points and rebounds, even against lesser competition, it makes it and easy decision. Considering that only one other major conference player in the past 20 years has had three 20/20 games in a season it makes it even easier.
First, it was a 21 point/21 rebound game again Western Illinois. It got even better on Wednesday when he dropped a 32/20 on hapless Norfolk State.
Swanigan is the only player in the Big Ten so far that has won three Player of the Week awards. HIs 32/20 against Norfolk State was only the seventh 30/20 game in school history and the first in 45 years. He also has 10 double-doubles on the season.
UPDATE: Biggie has also been named the Lute Olson National Player of the Week:
Swanigan’s three Big Ten citations this year are already the second most in a season in Purdue history behind Glenn “Big Dog” Robinson’s five that he won during the 1993-94 season and are tied for the 10th most in a season in Big Ten history. The Big Ten record is seven by Ohio State’s Evan Turner during the 2009-10 season. Swanigan is the first Purdue player to win back-to-back Big Player of the Week awards since Robbie Hummel on Dec. 15 and 22, 2008.
Purdue F. Caleb Swanigan is the national player of the week after his dominating efforts in two Boiler wins. Averages 18.3 pts,12.5 rebounds— Pete DiPrimio (@pdiprimio) December 26, 2016