West Lafayette, IN– After a significant saga in the recruitment of Caleb Swanigan, Purdue Men’s Basketball and Head Coach Matt Painter received the most significant commitment in recent memory. Swanigan made it official with a simple two word tweet this morning as well as Bleacher Report citing multiple sources.
Swanigan is the first Mr. Basketball from Indiana to head to Purdue since the Glenn “Big Dog” Robinson arrived in 1991 and the first McDonalds All-American since Mike Robsinson in 1996. The recruitment of Swangian has been an interesting road to say the least.
Just under two weeks ago the 5* player out of Ft. Wayne decommitted from Michigan State, sending Twitter in to a frezny. Then after waiting and waiting fans began to think that newcomer Kentucky might have an inside track to Swanigan. However that all changed around 11:30 this morning.
The committment of Swanigan is by far the best recruit Painter has ever landed in his time at Purdue. Currently with the addition of Swanigan, as well as transfer PG Johnny Hill, Purdue is as good a basketball team on paper that Painter has ever had in his time in West Lafayette. Swanigan immediately makes the team better, even though he’s never stepped a foot on Keady Court. The team was more than likely going to be a pre-season top 25 team without Swanigan, now with him it is possible the team could be Top 20 or even 15.
Right now Painter is not allowed to talk about Swanigan due to NCAA rules. If Swanigan was going to sign a Letter of Intent, then he could but it is being said that Swanigan is not going to sign a letter of intent and begin classes on June 16th at Purdue, according to Alan Karpick of Gold and Black Incorporated during an interview with local TV affiliate WLFI.
With the addition of Swanigan to the team, next season could be a very special one for the basketball team.
Chris Jewell is the College Sports Editor for Indiana Sports Report. You can follow him on Twitter @ChrisJewellISR and Indiana Sports Report @IndySportsRep