Caleb Swanigan is having a memorable season for Purdue — and there’s a good chance it could result in some hardware for the sophomore big man.
On Saturday, Swanigan was named one of 15 finalists for the Wooden Award, which goes annually to the nation’s top men’s basketball player. The Boilermakers’ double-double machine is one of the favorites to win the honor.
There were 15 finalists announced, including Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ. The full list can be found here.
Swanigan is averaging 18.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game this season, helping the Boilermakers clinch the Big Ten regular-season title. He is considered by some analysts to be the frontrunner for the National Player of the Year award.
Happ, meanwhile, is averaging 14.0 points and 8.9 rebounds per game.
Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky was the last Big Ten player to win the Wooden Award, doing so in 2015.