Caleb Swanigan’s days of anonymity have come to an end. That’s what happens when you do something only one other college basketball player has in the past 20 years.
For his back-to-back 20-point, 20-rebound performances, the Purdue sophomore forward was honored as the national player of the week by the Lute Olson Award and CollegeSportsMadness.com.
Swanigan has been named the Big Ten player of the week each of past two weeks.
— Purdue Basketball (@BoilerBall) December 26, 2016
In wins over Western Illinois and Norfolk State, Swanigan averaged 26.5 points, 20.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists. He scored 21 points and grabbed 21 points against Western Illinois on Dec. 19, then topped that effort two days later with 32 points and 20 rebounds against Norfolk State.
Swanigan is the first player since Oklahoma’s Blake Griffin to have back-to-back 20-20 games, and became the first Purdue player to record 30 points and 20 rebounds in the same game since Bob Ford in 1971.
For the season, Swanigan is averaging 18.3 points, 12.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists. He ranks first in the country in double-doubles (10) and second in rebounding average.
Despite transfers and incoming freshmen not being eligible for the Lute Olson Award’s preseason watch list, Swanigan was still not included. It’s safe to say the award’s benefactors are watching now.
Purdue begins Big Ten conference play Wednesday, hosting Iowa at 8:30 p.m. ET. The Boilermakers are currently 11-2 and ranked No. 15 in the latest Associated Press Top 25.