Big Ten Draft News

Caleb Swanigan is putting his name in the draft… to test the waters. He’s not hiring an agent, but his guardian happens to be one.
Big change this year is that you can test the waters without an agent and return to school after the combine.

Swanigan to Test NBA Draft Process

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue freshman Caleb Swanigan has announced his intention to declare for the 2016 NBA Draft, but will not hire an agent, maintaining his amateurism.

Swanigan will put his name into the NBA Draft, making him eligible to be drafted on draft night on June 23, 2016. He will be able to start attending workouts scheduled by NBA teams on April 26 and is eligible to compete in the NBA Draft Combine on May 10-15, 2016, in Chicago. He then has 10 days (May 25, 2016, deadline) to weigh his options and keep his name in or withdrawal for the NBA Draft. Withdrawing his name from the Draft will maintain his eligibility in intercollegiate athletics.

Swanigan, a 6 foot 9, 250-pound forward from Fort Wayne, Indiana, was one of the nation’s top freshman during the 2015-16 season. He was named to the Big Ten’s All-Freshman Team after averaging 10.2 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game in 34 contests this season. He won a league-best, three Big Ten Freshman of the Week (tied with Wisconsin’s Freshman of the Year Ethan Happ) accolades and was a finalist for the Wayman Tisdale Award given to the nation’s top freshman.

Swanigan finished the year being 1-of-3 freshmen nationally with 325 points, 275 rebounds, 60 assists and 20 made 3-pointers. He finished the year eighth on the Purdue freshman scoring list (348), first in rebounds (282), first in rebound average (8.3), sixth in field goals made (130), eighth in field goal attempts (282), first in games started (34), sixth in minutes played (875) and first in double-doubles (8).

Purdue finished the 2015-16 season with a 26-9 overall record and a 12-6 mark in the Big Ten Conference.

I hope Painter sitting him in the final minutes of their first round loss was icing on the cake for his departure.

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I feel like it’s unlikely he goes. Hasn’t shown much of a skillset for the modern NBA

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One would hope but Swanigan would still start this upcoming year and Haas would just move into the slot vacated by Hammons.

Most interested in Davis, Bryant and Hayes. They should go… especially with the monster class coming in. I assume Stone is gone.

I’m sure Izzo will somehow convince Davis to stay.

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Deyonta Davis: Don’t let Coach talk you out of this. He will try but he doesn’t have your best interests in mind. This is the right decision for you.

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I’m still sticking with he stays. The Freep posted an article about him earlier this year about how immature he was and how much growing up he had to do. He wasn’t even talking to his teammates because he was so shy to start the year. They had to have him room with the future doctor on their team just to bring him out of his shell. Izzos going to be all over that with his end of the year meeting saying you need to stay and grow up and learn to be a leader. Perfect scenario for them and their incoming class.

It serves Izzo’s interests definitely. But with a bunch of good incoming flavor-du-jour bigs, his stock might fall. Look at Skal at Kentucky – I realize that Calipari pushes guys into the draft whereas Izzo wants to keep guys – but despite needing a ton of development (he was far worse than Davis this year… and skinnier to boot), he’s smart to go while the getting is good. Don’t want to slip into the second round.

I completely agree with you. I’m all for players leaving if they are guaranteed to be first round. Get the money while you can. In this case I just think he stays. Gut feeling.

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That 3pt attempt at the end of the B1G championship game would suggest that he doesnt care what Painter thinks and has a lot of confidence in himself

He may have self confidence, but that was a bone head play that probably cost them a chance to win.

Love what calapari is doing. You might as well to get info to see your future for potential nbaguys and for players with no shot they can witness and experience the process.

No doubt. I was at the game, and every Purdue fan groaned every time that he took a 3pt or any jumper. And after that last shot, every fan jumped up, hands on their heads, screaming at him for taking that shot. And my MSU-fan dad just laughed because he couldn’t believe his luck.

I was just saying that it would appear he has the “Im the best and definitely above the college game” mindset.

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Peter Jok exploring his options… seems like just about everyone is.

“I would like to take advantage of the opportunity that is now presented to underclassmen in going through the process of obtaining input from NBA personnel so that I can make an informed decision about my future. For me, this whole process is for experience to see how it all works and then return to work on my game.

“It’s comforting having the support of coach McCaffery and staff. Coach will continue to be a valuable resource for me during this process. If it’s not the right time for me to make the move to the NBA, I’m excited about returning and leading our team next season.”

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For him he’s got to hope there’s interest. Iowa has the potential to be a bottom tier team next year and he’s about all they will have.

Or that could mean he’d be “the guy” since Uthoff will be gone. Just depends what he wants.

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Thought we could list who stays and goes here with the deadline being tomorrow:
Peter Jok, Trevor Thompson, Corey Sanders Staying
Melo Trimble, Nigel Hayes, Vince Edwards, Troy Williams, James Blackmon Jr, Andrew White all undecided


Plenty of guys that most people think should return to school, but I’d guess at least a few of them stay in the draft.

Vince Edwards returning.