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Big Ten Player Of The Year Caleb Swanigan To Test NBA Draft Waters

Caleb Swanigan will once again test NBA Draft waters, after his monster sophomore season at Purdue.

Swanigan averaged 18.2 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game en route to being named Big Ten Player of the Year this season, leading the Boilermakers to the Sweet 16. Now, like he did last season, he will try his luck at the NBA, but won't hire an agent, leaving the door open for a junior season at Purdue.

Swanigan made his announcement on Fort Wayne-based hip-hop podcast "Popular Nobodies," which he appears on periodically. The announcement comes around the 24:30 mark:

Swanigan, announcing his decision:

"I'm going to be testing the NBA Draft process. I'm heading in this year. I will not hire an agent, I'm going to see how that goes first. So you can all keep tuned on that... I will be entering my name into the draft."

At 6-foot-9, 250 pounds, he may be kind of an awkward size fit in the modern pace-and-space NBA, but he did average over 32 minutes per game this season, and more importantly, has a very diverse skill-set for a big man. On top of being a prolific scorer and rebounder, Swanigan is a deft passer, and shot an impressive 44.7-percent from three-point range.

Whether or not Swanigan gets a first-round grade may decide if he heads back to Purdue, but Boilermaker fans should be cautiously optimistic, based on his decision to leave the door open for a return.

[Lafayette Journal-Courier]