Caleb Swanigan has grown in length and shrunk in width since being a 6-foot-4, 350 pound eighth-grader three years ago. And as a result, the 2015 prospect is garnering attention from college basketball powerhouses according to Mike DeCourcy of the Sporting News on Aug. 13.
Swanigan, from Homestead H.S. in Fort Wayne, Ind., stands at nearly 6-foot-9 and weighs a slender 280 pounds. He is currently staring for the U.S. U17 national team that is competing in the World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Swanigan is averaging 8.3 points and 5.5 rebounds a game during the tournament, despite seeing only 14.3 minutes of action per contest. He is shooting a scorching hot 71.4 percent from the field (10-of-16) and leads the team with 16 free throw attempts, making 13 of those from the charity stripe (81.3 percent). Swanigan is tied for second on the team with 12 offensive rebounds and six steals. Additionally, he swatted three shots – which ties him for the third most on the team.
Swanigan is dedicated to turn a body that once suggested to college football coaches he had a professional future at left tackle into one that can be functional in basketball “at the next level, and maybe even the level after that.”
“I’ve been working on losing weight since I decided to be a basketball player, since I was in eighth grade,” Swanigan said. “I’ve been losing weight since then.”
And it appears that Swanigan will get to the next level sooner than originally thought as he decided to reclassify to graduate high school in 2015, this spring. Swanigan told DeCourcey that he only needs to take three or four core courses this year to establish freshman eligibility and the rest of his time will be spent in college courses to get a jump on next year.
Swanigan, who turned 17 in April, is ranked the 17th best prospect in the class by ESPN.com. He possesses good feel for the game and has a nice touch around the basket. He also runs the floor for a guy his size.
Swanigan has offers from Michigan State, Illinois, Kentucky, Purdue, Indiana, Kansas, Arizona, UCLA and Maryland. Duke, North Carolina and Michigan are also said to be intrigued but have yet to formally offer a scholarship.
The U.S. U17 team is 4-0 during the competition and will play China in the quarterfinals of the medal round on Aug. 14, at 6:15 a.m. EDT. The game will be televised o ESPNU.