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Caleb Swanigan Adds Three More Honors

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Biggie is nominated for two national awards and an academic award.

NCAA Basketball: Purdue at Michigan State Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

We are approaching awards season, and that means preseason watch lists are narrowing their candidates closer to final fields. As expected, Purdue’ Caleb Swanigan is among the elite players in the running for national honors.

Caleb has already been named a semifinalist for the Karl Malone Award given to the nation’s top power forward. This week he was named as a finalist for two National Player of the Year Awards:

John R. Wooden Award

The Wooden Award was created in 1977 and is named after famed Purdue alumnus John Wooden. Purdue’s Glenn Robinson won the award in 1994, and Swanigan was named to the top 20 of this years list:

Name

School

Conference

Height

Class

Position

Dwayne Bacon

Florida State

ACC

6-7

Soph.

G

Lonzo Ball

UCLA

Pac-12

6-6

Fr.

G

Joel Berry II

North Carolina

ACC

6-0

Jr.

G

Dillon Brooks

Oregon

Pac-12

6-7

Jr.

F

Bonzie Colson

Notre Dame

ACC

6-5

Jr.

F

De'Aaron Fox

Kentucky

SEC

6-3

Fr.

G

Markelle Fultz

Washington

Pac-12

6-4

Fr.

G

Ethan Happ

Wisconsin

Big Ten

6-10

Soph.

F

Josh Hart

Villanova

Big East

6-5

Sr.

G

Josh Jackson

Kansas

Big 12

6-8

Fr.

G

Justin Jackson

North Carolina

ACC

6-8

Jr.

F/G

Marcus Keene

Central Michigan

MAC

5-9

Jr.

G

Luke Kennard

Duke

ACC

6-6

Soph.

G

Lauri Markkanen

Arizona

Pac-12

7-0

Fr.

F

Frank Mason III

Kansas

Big 12

5-11

Sr.

G

Malik Monk

Kentucky

SEC

6-3

Fr.

G

Johnathan Motley

Baylor

Big 12

6-10

Jr.

F

Caleb Swanigan

Purdue

Big Ten

6-9

Soph.

F

Melo Trimble

Maryland

Big Ten

6-3

Jr.

G

Nigel Williams-Goss

Gonzaga

WCC

6-3

Jr.

G

Later on this season the award will be cut down to 15 finalists, and it will be presented on April 7th at the ESPN College Basketball Awards show.

Naismith College Player of the Year

A second Player of the Year Award released its top 30 this week and Caleb was on it. The Atlanta Tipoff Club runs the Naismith Award, and Caleb is one of 30 players still alive for it:

FIRST LAST CLASS POSITION SCHOOL CONFERENCE
Dwayne Bacon Sophomore G Florida State ACC
Lonzo Ball Freshman G UCLA Pac 12
Joel G North Carolina ACC
Dillon Brooks Junior F Oregon Pac 12
Jalen Brunson Sophomore G Villanova Big East
Bonzie F Notre Dame ACC
Jawun Evans Sophomore PG Oklahoma State Big 12
Marcus Foster Junior G Creighton Big East
De'Aaron Fox Freshman G Kentucky SEC
Markelle Fultz Freshman G Washington Pac 12
Ethan F Wisconsin Big Ten
Josh G Villanova Big East
Josh Freshman G Kansas Big 12
Justin Junior F/G North Carolina ACC
Marcus Keene Junior G Central Michigan MAC
Luke Kennard Sophomore G Duke ACC
Jock Landale Junior C St. Mary's West Coast
TJ Leaf Freshman F UCLA Pac 12
Lauri Markkanen Freshman F Arizona Pac 12
Frank G Kansas Big 12
Donovan Mitchell Sophomore G Louisville ACC
Malik Monk Freshman G Kentucky SEC
Monte Morris Senior G Iowa State Big 12
Jonathan F Baylor Big 12
Alec Peters Senior F Valparaiso Horizon League
Dennis Smith Jr. Freshman G NC State ACC
Caleb Swanigan Sophomore F Purdue Big Ten
Sindarius Thornwell Senior G South Carolina SEC
Melo G Maryland Big Ten
Nigel Williams-Goss R-Junior G Gonzaga West Coast

10 semifinalists will be announced for this award on March 1st, and it will be announced after the tournament.

CoSIDA Academic All-District

Who says these early NBA prospects don't go to class? Remember: Caleb graduated high school a year early and should currently be a freshman instead of a sophomore. He is doing extremely well in the classroom too, as he was nominated for the Academic All-District First Team:

One-of-five players voted to the all-district first team from the region, Swanigan boasts a 3.30 GPA in general education / education studies. He is joined by Valparaiso's Alec Peters, IUPUI's Matt O'Leary, Michigan's Moritz Wagner and Oakland's Sherron Dorsey-Walker.

Swanigan, and the other 39 all-district honorees, are now eligible for academic All-America honors later this month to be voted on by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) members.

Swanigan has spent hours in local classrooms around the area as a student-teaching volunteer and aspires to be a teacher to be able to "make a difference in thousands of kids' lives".

So that is Caleb: Great on the court AND in the classroom.