Swanigan Nets Second Big Ten Honor
Dec. 19, 2016

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - For the second time this year, Purdue sophomore Caleb Swanigan was named the Big Ten Player of the Week after leading the Boilermakers to a win over No. 21-ranked Notre Dame in the Crossroads Classic on Saturday.


Swanigan joins Iowa’s Peter Jok as the only players to be named Big Ten Player of the Week twice this year. Swanigan also earned the award on Nov. 29.

Swanigan, a 6-foot-9, 250-pound sophomore from Fort Wayne, Indiana, scored 26 points with 10 rebounds and four blocked shots in Purdue’s come-from-behind 86-81 victory over the Irish. He is just the fourth player nationally this year to reach those marks in a single game, while recording his eighth double-double in just 11 games. He ranks third nationally in double-doubles.

For the season, Swanigan is averaging 16.8 points, 11.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game while shooting 59.3 percent from the field and 60.0 percent (9-of-15) from 3-point range. Ranking sixth in scoring and first in rebounding, Swanigan is the only Big Ten player to rank in the top 10 in both categories while also being ninth in field goal percentage (.563). He is 1-of-4 players nationally to average at least 16.0 points, 11.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game (Memphis’ Dedric Lawson, Toledo’s Steve Taylor, Utah’s Kyle Kuzma).

Swanigan has led the Boilermakers in rebounding in every game this year, pulling down at least eight rebounds in all 11 games. In two games in the Crossroads Classic (2015 vs. Butler, 2016 vs. Notre Dame), Swanigan has averaged 25.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game while shooting 21-of-33 (.636) from the field.

Swanigan and his teammates host Western Illinois on Monday at 6 p.m. ET, in Mackey Arena.
 

 

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