Caleb Swanigan, a former NBA player, Died at the Age of 25
Caleb Swanigan, a former NBA player and Purdue Boilermaker, died of natural causes at 25 on Monday night.
Caleb Swanigan’s family and friends are in our thoughts & prayers.
Last night, the world lost a kind person. “Love you, Biggie, “Swanigan had a terrible childhood and lived in homeless shelters before he was taken in by Roosevelt Barnes, who used to play for the Detroit Lions and is now a sports agent.
Swanigan had trouble with his weight as a child. When he was 13, he weighed 360 lbs. Barnes encouraged him to play basketball, and by the time he graduated from high school, he was 6 feet 9 inches and 260 lbs.
He then went to the same college as Barnes, Purdue, and was taken with the 26th pick in the 2017 NBA draft. Swanigan was a great student at Purdue, where he also played basketball. He got a diploma in educational history.
NBA player, Died at the Age of 25
His former teammate, Ryan Cline, said about him on Twitter, “His work ethic and competitiveness were unmatched.” “No one else was even close to this guy. It’s a lot of fun to spend time with them. My boy forever. Fly high, Big. So many people will miss you, brother. “
Swanigan’s last NBA game was in the 2019-20 season, when he played for Portland.
Swanigan was crowned Indiana’s Mr. Basketball in 2015 and guided his high school team to the state title.
Swangian committed to Michigan State before switching to Purdue.
Swanigan averaged 14.4, 10.4, and 2.4 at Purdue.
In his second year, he was named Big Ten Player of the Year, a first-team All-American, and a Naismith Award finalist.
The Portland Trailblazers picked him 26th in the 2017 NBA Draft.
Swanigan averaged 2.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 0.7 assists in three NBA seasons with Portland and Sacramento.
He was re-signed by Portland in February 2020, but he didn’t go to Orlando with the team after the COVID suspension because he said he had personal reasons.
Swanigan was arrested for cocaine possession in December 2020 and appeared out of shape.
Swanigan, known as “Biggie,” battled childhood obesity and homelessness in middle school, according to WANE-TV 15 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Swanigan’s first high school game was Homestead’s 48-42 win over Huntington North on November 21, 2012.
Swanigan has a Purdue degree in educational history and helped organize a homeless fundraiser.