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.
Michigan State commit Caleb Swanigan has decommitted, source told ESPN. Hearing Purdue is strong for a landing spot.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) May 7, 2015
Swanigan only committed to the Spartans about a month ago, and seemed excited about heading to East Lansing to play for Tom Izzo.
Next year I will be going Michigan State university. Once a spartan. Always a Spartan
— SLYY5JACKK (@calebswanigan50) April 10, 2015
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.