Swanigan Named Basketball Times POY
March 17, 2017

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - The honors continue to pile up for Purdue sophomore Caleb Swanigan as earlier today he was named the Basketball Times National Player of the Year. 


Swanigan, a 6-foot, 9-inch forward from Fort Wayne, Indiana, earns the accolade from the monthly newspaper, which is regarded as one of the top basketball magazines in the country.

Swanigan has had a monster season for the Boilermakers, leading Purdue into tomorrow’s NCAA Tournament second-round contest against Iowa State. Swanigan is averaging 18.4 points, 12.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game and in last night’s win over Vermont, became just the second major-college player in the last 25 years to record 600 points, 400 rebounds and 90 assists in a season.

In last night’s win over Vermont in the first round, Swanigan tallied 16 points, 14 rebounds, four assists and three blocks to lead the Boilermakers to their first tournament victory since 2012. He became the first player in the country to reach those marks in an NCAA Tournament game since at least the 2011 tournament. He enters tomorrow’s game with Iowa State having recorded five straight double-doubles.

Purdue will tip against Iowa State on Saturday night at 9:40 p.m. ET, in Milwaukee.

Caleb Swanigan
• The most impressive feat that Swanigan has accomplished is that he is a second-team Academic All-American, boasting a 3.30 GPA in educational studies.
• Basketball Times National Player of the Year
• Has been named to four All-America squads (USBWA, Sporting News, USA Today, NBC Sports) as well as the USBWA District V Player of the Year.
• Swanigan was named Purdue's fourth Big Ten Player of the Year as well as the AP Big Ten Player of the Year.
• In league games only, Swanigan led the Big Ten in both points (18.9) and rebounds (12.6), becoming the eighth Big Ten player to do so.
• Swanigan won six Big Ten Player of the Week honors, the second most in a season in league history.
• Entering the NCAA Tournament second round, Swanigan has tallied 27 double-doubles in 33 games, ranking first nationally in that category. He owns 35 career double-doubles in 67 career games and Purdue is 30-5 when he records a double-double.
• Swanigan's 27 double-doubles are the most for a player in Big Ten history and tied for the 17th most in NCAA history.
• Swanigan has led the team in rebounding in every game this year but one (Michigan) and ranks second in the country in rebounds per game (12.6). Swanigan has grabbed 33.3 percent of Purdue's rebounds.
• Swanigan grabbed 227 rebounds in Big Ten play this year, equaling the most for a Big Ten player since Jerry Lucas had 253 in 1962. Michigan's Rudy Tomjanovich also had 227 in 1969-70.
• Swanigan's 417 rebounds this year are the fifth most by a player in Big Ten history. Just two players have had more in a season (Jerry Lucas, Walt Bellamy).
• Swanigan needs just four assists to become the second player, and first major-college player, with 600 points, 400 rebounds and 100 assists in the last 25 years. The only other player to do so was Towson’s Jerrelle Benimon during the 2013-14 season.
• Of note, at his current averages of at least 18.4 points, 12.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists, there is just one player since 1992-93 to average that in a single season -- the great Tim Duncan of Wake Forest.
• Swanigan has 13, 20-10 games this year, second in the country behind Lehigh's Tim Kempton (16). His 13, 20-10 games are the eighth most in a season since the 2010-11 campaign.
• Swanigan has two different streaks of eight or more consecutive double-doubles this year. He became the first Purdue player in over 50 years to have at least eight straight double-doubles.
• Swanigan has three 25-15 games for his career, but all have come in the 2016-17 season. It's the most career 25-15 games for a Big Ten player in the last 25 years. Swanigan's have come THIS YEAR!
• He opened the season with a 23-point, 20-rebound, six-assist effort against McNeese State. He is 1-of-2 players in America to record 20 points, 20 rebounds and five assists in a game this year and joined a pair No. 1 NBA Draft picks as major-college players to record 20-20-5 in a game in the last 10 years.
• Swanigan's four 20-20 games are double than ALL Big Ten players combined over the last 20 years.
• Swanigan, Blake Griffin and Hofstra's Rokas Gustys (2015-16) are the only players in the last 20 years to have back-to-back 20-20 games.
• He also became the sixth college player in the last 20 years with multiple 20-20 games, joining an elite list. Swanigan and Griffin are the only major-college players on the list. His four 20-20 games are the second most by a player in the last 20 years.
 

 

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