The addition of Caleb Swanigan to Purdue’s 2015 recruiting class would seem to be welcome news for Carmel’s Ryan Cline, a fellow Boilermaker pledge who finished as runner-up to Swanigan in the IndyStar Mr. Basketball vote.
The 6-5 Cline is regarded as one of the best shooters in the class. The presence of the 6-9 Swanigan, in addition to 7-foot A.J. Hammons and 7-2 Isaac Haas, should allow for Cline and others to find some room on the perimeter.
“Those guys that have been playing the ‘four’ and ‘five’ will attract a lot of attention and hopefully leave me open a couple times a game,” said Cline, who averaged 20.7 points and shot 43 percent from the 3-point line as a senior. “I wouldn’t mind if that happened a little bit. We’ll have so much inside presence and attention that hopefully I’ll be able to get some shots out there.”
Cline, who is playing with the Indiana All-Stars this week, said he’s been impressed with what he’s seen from Swanigan. The Homestead star will miss the All-Star festivities this week to compete in the U-19 USA training camp in Colorado Springs.
“I’ve played against him and played against him last year (in AAU),” Cline said. “You hear nothing but great things about him. He’s a big body who can handle the ball. He can shoot and move especially well for his size. Trying out for the USA team tells you how good he is.”
Cline said of Hammons: “I’ve never seen a 7-footer be able to pass that well.”
The Mr. Basketball runner-up gets started at Purdue on Sunday, the day after the Indiana All-Star experience ends. Purdue is gaining attention as a possible top-20 team going into the season.
“Everyone up there trusts coach (Matt Painter),” Cline said. “He’s a great coach and knows what he’s talking about. Every position will be fought for. I can’t wait to fight for that position and contend for a spot.”