Five-star big man and McDonald’s All-American Caleb Swanigan has de-committed from Michigan State University. ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reported the story.
Swanigan only committed to the Spartans about a month ago, and seemed excited about heading to East Lansing to play for Tom Izzo.
Instead, it now appears as though Swanigan will head to Michigan State’s Big Ten rival Purdue, a team that went 21-13 (12-6 Big Ten) under head coach Matt Painter last season and saw back to back Sweet Sixteens in 2009 and 2010. This is a good fit in that Purdue is closer to Swanigan’s hometown of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and the team could also use a younger big man since seven-footer A.J. Hammons will be a senior next season.
No matter how you look at it, this is a big blow to Michigan State, who sorely missed the low post presence of current NBAer and former Spartan Adreian Payne last year despite making the Final Four. Swanigan hasn’t made a decision yet and has until May 20 to sign a letter of intent, but whichever team signs him will have a HUGE last-minute get.
Campus Sports will update this story as more details become available.