Caleb Swanigan seems to draw a crowd everywhere he goes, whether it’s double- and triple-teams on the court or high-profile college basketball coaches at his games.
Swanigan, the five-star 6-8 Homestead standout, doesn’t plan to make a college commitment until after the season. But the chase is definitely on. Purdue coach Matt Painter watched Swanigan twice last week and Michigan State coach Tom Izzo also stopped in. Swanigan, who has been compared to former Marion and Michigan State star Zach Randolph, visited Michigan State on Monday for its game against Indiana.
Kentucky coach John Calipari and Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski have also been in to see Swanigan early this season and he’s visited both of those schools. Swanigan said he’d like to visit Cal, where former Purdue star Cuonzo Martin is now the coach.
“I’m trying to get to some conference games during the season if it aligns with my schedule,” Swanigan said recently. “I’m looking for the best fit to be able to come in and play and if I can trust the coach – building those relationships.”
Swanigan, ranked No. 16 in the 2015 class by Rivals.com, also took an unofficial visit to Arizona before the season. He hasn’t officially narrowed anything down yet and has interest and offers from a number of other schools.
“I feel like I can play any style of basketball, whether it’s getting up and down or slow,” he said.
Specifically on Purdue, the lone in-state program in pursuit, Swanigan said it would be appealing to potentially play alongside 7-2 Isaac Haas but added that other programs pursuing him, such as Duke and Kentucky, also have 7-footers.
Though he’s working through the college decision, the high school season is at the forefront. Homestead (11-1) is ranked third in the state in Class 4A and has legitimate state title aspirations.
Swanigan also has IndyStar Mr. Basketball aspirations. His numbers so far support the thought. Though he’s the focus of each opposing defense, he’s averaging 24.0 points (shooting 64.8 percent from the field), 14.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.3 blocked shots. He’s also shooting nearly 12 free throws per game and has hit 7-for-16 from the 3-point line.
Homestead’s next game is Saturday at East Noble.