The Purdue Boilermakers are currently ranked as the No. 21 team in the nation and they are expecting to have a big season. One of the big reasons for their expected success is the early play from highly-touted recruit Caleb Swanigan. He has been an absolute beast throughout the first two games of the season and is going to be a key player throughout the year.
Swanigan is a huge body in the post and can also step out and knock down the mid-range jump shot.
At 6-foot-9 and 260 pounds, Swanigan still possesses excellent speed and athleticism. He is going to slide into the starting power forward job immediately alongside of A.J. Hammons.
Throughout the first two games of the season, Swanigan has recorded double-doubles. He has averaged 12.5 points and 12.0 rebounds per game. Those numbers are going to be needed all season long if the Boilermakers want to compete in the Big Ten conference.
Matt Painter has to feel very good about the way that his starting line has looked throughout the first two games of the year.
It will be very intriguing to see what kind of numbers Swanigan has at the end of the season. Purdue is going to rely heavily on their freshman forward. Assuming he continues playing to his full potential like he has shown early on in the first two games, there is no one that will be able to stop him.
Expect to see Swanigan continue being a top option for the Boilermakers moving forward and to make this quick start turn into a long-term stardom for Purdue.
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