Caleb Swanigan, Former Purdue Player Dies at 25
Caleb Swanigan, a former NBA player and Purdue standout, has died at the age of 25.
On Monday night, Purdue's men's basketball team announced that Swanigan had died, but did not disclose any specifics.
As a 6-foot-9 guard, Swanigan spent three seasons in the NBA with the Portland Trail Blazers and Sacramento Kings after being selected by Portland in the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft.
Caleb Swanigan was just 13 years old when Roosevelt Barnes, a former Purdue football player, adopted him and brought him to Fort Wayne, Indiana, at the request of Caleb's older brother.
Swanigan was declared to have died of natural causes by the Allen County coroner's office.
Swanigan majored in both general studies and educational studies during his two years at Purdue. He'll be a 2019 graduate.
It was no surprise that Swanigan was a finalist for the Wooden Award, given annually to the greatest college basketball player in the country.
The Portland Trailblazers drafted him 26th overall in the NBA Draft in 2017.
Swanigan spent three seasons in the NBA. played with the Sacramento Kings and the Portland Trail Blazers.
Prior to Roosevelt Barnes' adoption of Swanigan, he endured adversity and homelessness in his early years.
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