Sad news… Caleb Swanigan — the former Purdue star who was later selected in the first round of the 2017 NBA draft — has died at the age of 25.
A spokesman for the Allen County, Indiana coroner’s office told TMZ Sports …the former boiler-making center died of natural causes.
Swanigan died Monday night, the Purdue men’s basketball team said in a statement released Tuesday morning.
“Destroyed,” the school team’s account tweeted. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to Caleb Swanigan’s family and friends. The world lost a tender soul last night. Love you Biggie.”
Before starring at Purdue, Swanigan wrote one of the greatest high school basketball careers in Indiana history.
The 6-foot-9, 260-pound basket is a five-star player who earned McDonald’s All-American honors after averaging 22.6 points and 13.7 rebounds in his senior season.
In his two years with the Boilermakers, Swanigan averaged 14.4 points and 10.4 rebounds. He was eventually selected by the Portland Trail Blazers with the 26th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.
Swanigan played in the NBA with the Trail Blazers and Sacramento Kings until 2020.
Off the field, Swanigan’s musical career is – rap under the name “Slyy5jackk”. In 2021, many songs such as “Thoughts/THOTS” and “My Life” were released.
Swanigan just released a music video for “Acquired Taste” in April…and according to the rapper’s IG, a new project is coming.