According to the Allen County coroner, Caleb Swanigan, a former NBA player and Purdue Boilermaker, died on Monday night from natural causes. He was 25 years old.
In 2015, Swanigan, a senior at Homestead High School, Indianapolis, Indiana was elected Indiana’s Mr. basketball. He led the team to the state title.
After initially signing to Michigan State, Swangian was highly recruited and signed with Purdue.
In two seasons at Purdue, Swanigan averaged 14.4 point, 10.4 rebound and 2.4 assists per contest.
He was the Big Ten Player-of-the-Year, a consensus First-Team All-American, as well as a finalist in the Naismith Award. The Portland Trailblazers drafted him No. 26.
The 6-foot-9 Swanigan was a three-year NBA player with the Trailblazers as well as the Sacramento Kings. He averaged 2.3 point, 2.9 rebounds and 0.7 assists.
After being picked up by Portland in February 2020, he decided to not join the team after the COVID stop.
Swanigan was later arrested for drug possession. He looked out of shape in the mugshot.
Swanigan, one of six children, was known as “Biggie” and struggled with childhood obesity as a middle-schooler.
WANE-TV Sports covered Swanigan’s high school debut, a 48-42 Homestead victory against Huntington North, on November 21, 2012.
Swanigan received a Purdue educational history diploma and was instrumental in organizing a fundraiser to help homelessness, Fox 59 reports.