Former Homestead and Purdue basketball standout, Caleb Swanigan, has died at the age of 25. May his soul rest in peace.
He won Indiana’s Mr. Basketball in 2015, the same year he helped lead Homestead basketball to their first ever state title.
The Purdue Men’s Basketball Twitter account posted on Tuesday morning “Our thoughts and prayers to Caleb Swanigan’s family and friends. The world lost a gentle soul last night,”
“No one was in the same ballpark as this dude. So much fun to be around. My boy forever. Fly high Big, you’ll be missed by so many brother.” his former teammate, Ryan Cline, on Twitter.
Swanigan played two seasons at Purdue from 2015-17 before being drafted in the first round of the NBA Draft by the Portland Trailblazers.
He was also named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team and also received a National Freshman of the Week award.
He was selected 26th overall in the first round of the 2017 NBA draft by the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Allen County Coroners Office confirmed to local news outlet WANE 15 that Swanigan had died of natural causes.
Swanigan had an unsettled childhood and spent time in homeless shelters before he was adopted by former Detroit Lions star turned sports agent Roosevelt Barnes.