Homestead senior Caleb Swanigan has been named the Gatorade Player of the Year for Indiana in boys basketball.
Swanigan, a 6-9 senior, has led Homestead (27-2) to the Class 4A semistate, where it will play South Bend Riley on Saturday with a bid to the state finals on the line. Swanigan is averaging 22.1 points and 14.3 rebounds as a senior for Homestead.
Swanigan, ranked as a top-20 player nationally in the 2015 class by most recruiting services, is uncommitted. He recently cut his list to seven schools – Arizona, Cal, Chicago State, Duke, Kentucky, Michigan State and Purdue. Swanigan was selected as a McDonald’s All-American in January.
Is there any correlation from Gatorade Player of the Year to IndyStar Mr. Basketball? The last four years – Trey Lyles (2014), Zak Irvin (2013), Gary Harris (2012) and Cody Zeller (2011) – the winner of the Gatorade award also won Mr. Basketball.
The last Gatorade winner not to win Mr. Basketball was Danville’s Travis Carroll in 2010. Deshaun Thomas of Fort Wayne Luers claimed Mr. Basketball that season. The previous four years – Jordan Hulls (2009), Tyler Zeller (2008), Eric Gordon (2007) and Greg Oden (2006) – the Gatorade winner was also the Mr. Basketball winner.