Purdue All-American forward Caleb Swanigan announced on a podcast Wednesday morning that he will go through the NBA Draft process, but won’t hire an agent.
Caleb Swanigan produced one of the best seasons in Purdue basketball history in 2016-17 while leading the Boilermakers to the Big Ten regular-season championship and a berth in the Sweet 16.
And there’s still a chance he could add more accomplishments in his collegiate career.
Swanigan announced his intention to enter his name in the NBA Draft, but not hire an agent, while appearing on the Popular Nobodies Podcast on Wednesday morning.
“I’ll be testing the NBA Draft process – I’m heading in this year,” Swanigan said on the podcast. “I will not hire an agent. I’m going to see how that goes first, so you can keep tune on that. I’ll let you all know on further notice, but I will be entering my name into the Draft.”
Swanigan finished second in the Big Ten in scoring with 18.5 points per game and second in the country with an average of 12.5 rebounds per contest this past season as Purdue finished 27-8. The Boilermakers earned a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament and fell to top-seeded Kansas in the Midwest Regional semifinals.
The sophomore established himself as a force inside, leading the nation with a Big Ten-record 28 double-doubles. Swanigan also worked on his outside touch, shooting 44.7 percent from 3-point range this season after hitting only 29.2 percent from beyond the arc as a freshman.
His decision to test the NBA Draft waters doesn’t come as much of a surprise after being named a first-team All-American and one of four finalists for the Naismith Award. Swanigan, who originally committed to Michigan State out of high school before signing with the Boilermakers, has trimmed over 100 pounds in recent years.
Many projections have Swanigan being selected late in the first round or early in the second round of the NBA Draft.