Purdue’s success this season has gone through sophomore forward Caleb Swanigan, but if Boilermakers coach Matt Painter is correct, the team is going to have to find a new star for next season.
When asked if Swanigan would leave school and enter the 2017 NBA Draft, Painter was pretty straightforward:
Painter on if Swanigan will bolt for the NBA after this season: "I would think so. I mean he's had video game numbers."
— Derek Schultz (@Schultz975) March 1, 2017
Swanigan has averaged 18.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game for the Boilermakers, shooting 54 percent from the field and an equally ridiculous 45.5% from beyond the arc — all while logging a team-high 31.9 minutes per game.
The 6-foot-9 do-it-all player leads the Big Ten in rebounding, is behind only Iowa’s Peter Jok in scoring and is the No. 3 player in the conference when it comes to 3-point percentage.
Yep, sounds like video game numbers.
And the latest mock draft by NBADraft.net has Swanigan going in the first round to the Utah Jazz.
Enjoy Caleb Swanigan while you still can, Purdue fans.