WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue’s Vincent Edwards has announced he will return to school for the upcoming 2017-18 season, but Caleb Swanigan will remain in the NBA Draft, the duo revealed today via social media.
“These were very difficult decisions for both Vince and Caleb to make and we are happy for both of them,” head coach Matt Painter said. “Vince has the potential to be one of the best players in the Big Ten. He is one of the most-versatile players in the country and will use what he learned from this process to improve in all phases of his game.
“We are also happy that Caleb will be able to achieve his goal of getting drafted by an NBA franchise,” Painter added. “He has set forth on this path for a long time and we are thrilled that he will be able to realize his dream. We wish him the best of luck as he moves forward in the process.”
Edwards, a 6-foot, 8-inch senior forward from Middletown, Ohio, averaged 12.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game for the Boilermakers this past season. He shot 48.6 percent from the field, 42.3 percent from long distance and 82.0 percent from the free throw line, elevating his shooting percentages in all three categories. He is the only active player with eligibility remaining nationally to have scored 1,000 career points with 500 rebounds, 300 assists and 100 made 3-pointers. He joins E’Twaun Moore as the only Boilermakers in school history to reach the 1,000-500-300 club.
Swanigan, a 6-foot, 9-inch forward from Fort Wayne, Indiana, was a consensus first-team All-American, the Pete Newell Big Man of the Year award recipient and Big Ten Player of the Year after averaging 18.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game for the Boilermakers. Swanigan became the first player nationally since at least the 1985-86 season to have amassed 640 points, 430 rebounds and 100 assists in a season.
Swanigan will be Purdue’s first early entrant in the NBA Draft since Glenn Robinson in 1994.
Other returning starters include Carsen Edwards, Dakota Mathias and P.J. Thompson, as Purdue will return its top seven scorers from last year, all of which averaged at least 5.4 points per game.