Former NBA player and Purdue Boilermaker Caleb Swanigan passed away from natural causes at the age of 25 on Monday night at a Fort Wayne hospital
Swanigan was named Indiana’s Mr. Basketball 2015 his senior year at Homestead High School in Indianapolis, Indiana, and led the team to the state championship.
Highly recruited, Swangian signed with Purdue after initially committing to Michigan State.
Swanigan averaged 14.4 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game in two seasons at Purdue.
He was named the Big Ten Player of the Year, a consensus first-team All-American, and a finalist for the Naismith Award his sophomore season.
The 6-foot-9 Swanigan played three years in the NBA with the Trailblazers and the Sacramento Kings, averaging 2.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 0.7 assists.
He was picked up by Portland for a second stint in February 2020 but decided not to join the team in the Orlando bubble
Swanigan was arrested several months later, in December 2020, for drug possession and appeared out of shape in his mugshot.