Purdue All-American, former NBA player Caleb Swanigan dead at age 25

The school, announced the passing of former Purdue University Distinguished Caleb and Consensus 2016-2017, on Monday. The family confirmed the death. He was 25 years old.

Swanigan was also the Top Ten Player of the Year in 2017, after a season averaging 18.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists for a Purdue team that went 27-8 and made the Sweet 16. Swanigan, a former McDonald’s. American, fuck him For early entry into the NBA Draft. He was named 26th in 2017 by the Portland Trail Blazers, where he played two seasons.

The powerful 6-foot-9 striker spent time in the G League before returning to play 10 games for the Sacramento Kings in 2018-19 and 2019-20. He ended his playing career with the Trail Blazers, playing 20 more games for Portland during the 2019-20 season. Swanigan’s battle with weight gain eventually led to him leaving basketball. He pursued a career in rapping after that – long before that, he took the nickname “Biggie” – although Swanigan also gained fame due to his ongoing health issues, and a drug charge in 2021, after leaving the NBA.

“The Purdue Basketball family is deeply saddened and devastated by the loss of Caleb Swanegan,” Purdue coach Matt Pinter said in a statement. “Caleb was a very thoughtful person and kind soul who excelled both on and off the field. He made such a difference in everyone’s life that he touched and will be greatly missed.”

Swanigan died of natural causes, according to WANE TV station in Fort Wayne, Indiana, which cited the Coroner office in Allen County.

Swanigan has been open about his precarious situation growing up. His father was a cocaine addict. He’s had spikes as he lived in homeless shelters five times, according to an ESPN story from 2017, and has also vacillated between living in Indiana and Utah, where his mother lives. Swanigan’s father, Carl, died of diabetes-related causes in 2014, before Caleb registered with Purdue. Swanigan’s path to Purdue was cut short when ex-Purdue star Roosevelt Barnes, who coached Swanigan in base basketball, and became his guardian at Fort Wayne, escorted him. Barnes adopted Swanigan when he entered his teenage years. It was this decision that led Swanigan down the basketball path that turned him into one of the best high school prospects in the country.

“During his NBA career, Swannegan has worked extensively with Portland-area youth and FoodCorps to promote healthy eating habits in schools and eliminate child hunger,” Purdue’s statement said.

Swanigan’s former teammates quickly took to social media to express their grief, including Vincent Edwards, who played with Swanigan in Purdue and posted photos of their time together as Boilermakers.

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