After two seasons at Purdue, including an amazing All-American sophomore season, Caleb Swanigan announced today that he will forego his junior and senior years and remain in the NBA Draft.
Purdue's Caleb Swanigan is staying in the NBA Draft, source told ESPN. I had one GM tell me they think he is... https://t.co/PgkrvC8cmp— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) May 24, 2017
Thank you Biggie.— Purdue Basketball (@BoilerBall) May 24, 2017
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Just like last year, we waited until the last day to hear what Biggie’s NBA decision would be. Actually, this is the third May in a row where we’ve had #BiggieWatch, after waiting to see if Swanigan would commit to Purdue after decommitting from Michigan State in 2015.
However, unlike the previous two years, we learned that Swanigan would leave for the NBA Draft, where he is currently expected to be drafted early in the 2nd round by the New Orleans Pelicans, according to Draft Express as for 9:30am today (side note: former Purdue All-American, E’Twaun Moore, is currently playing for the Pelicans).
Despite Swanigan’s departure, Purdue should still be a Top-25 team with Vincent Edward and Isaac Haas leaving the NBA draft, along with most of the 2016-17 team returning for the upcoming season. Though Purdue won’t expected to win the B1G conference again, they should be expected to finish within the Top-4 of the Big Ten Conference in 2018.
We wish Caleb the best of luck throughout the rest of the NBA Draft process. Thank you for everything you’ve done for Purdue in the last two years and a great All-American season.