The most-dominant national force on the glass, National Player of the Year candidate Caleb Swanigan is putting up numbers rarely seen. He is on pace to smash the Purdue single-season rebounds record by almost 100 rebounds and has four, 20-rebound games this season, the most for a Purdue player since William Franklin had four in 1972. He is on pace to average a career double-double, the first for a Purdue player in 51 years.
A relentless worker, Swanigan has spent hundreds of hours in the gym working on his shot. The improvement has been drastic. Swanigan is shooting almost 55 percent from the field, 50 percent from the 3-point line and almost 80 percent from the free throw line, showing marked improvement in all three categories. Very few players nationally can match those numbers while being such a dominant force inside and out.
While making almost 50 percent of his 3-point attempts, Swanigan does most of his work on the interior. Swanigan is constantly in motion and moving to get deep position, usually resulting in a bucket or a foul. His tremendous footwork and wide array of post moves enable him to get shots off against taller defenders or attack the hoop against smaller players. Either way he scores, Swanigan is a handful on the block.
A highly underrated aspect of his game, Swanigan may be the best-passing big man in the country. Averaging almost three assists per game as a 6-foot, 9-inch power forward, Swanigan excels when at the high post or when a double-team comes. A player with great vision, Swanigan is on pace to dish out 100 assists, thus making him the tallest player in school history with 100 assists.
No one in America works harder than Caleb Swanigan. Period. In the gym for hours a day, all while being eligible for Academic All-America honors in the classroom, Swanigan puts up hundreds of shots all with the desire of being the best player he can be. He then hits the stairclimber and weights, all before practice starts. Typically after practice, he can be found in Mackey Arena getting up more shots. Swanigan takes pride in that no one in America works harder than him, and he is out to prove it.