When you average more than 20 points and 20 rebounds per game over the course of a week, you’re going to get recognized.
That’s what Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan did last week during the Boilermakers’ two wins, resulting Monday in his being named the conference’s Player of the Week for the second consecutive time. Michigan State’s Nick Ward won Freshman Player of the Week honors.
A sophomore forward, Swanigan posted two monster games before Christmas. Swanigan had a 21-point, 21-rebound showing Dec. 19 against Western Illinois followed by 32 points and 20 rebounds against Norfolk State last Wednesday. He also shot 58 percent from the field during that stretch.
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Swanigan is averaging 18.3 points and 12.5 rebounds this season – 26.3 ppg and 17.0 rpg in the final three non-conference games on Purdue’s schedule. The big man is starting to generate serious Big Ten Player of the Year attention, as well as All-American hype.
We’ll see if he can keep it up against Big Ten competition. The Boilermakers start their conference slate against Iowa on Wednesday (8:30 p.m. ET).
Ward, meanwhile, led the Spartans to a win over Oakland last Wednesday by scoring 25 points on 7-of-12 shooting and grabbing nine rebounds. With Miles Bridges out, Ward has become the Spartans’ go-to freshman, averaging 17.4 points during his last five games.