Former NBA player Caleb Swanigan dies at 25

Former NBA player and Purdue star Caleb Swanigan died Monday night. He is 25 years old.

The Purdue men’s basketball program tweeted the news Tuesday morning. Swanigan died of natural causes, the Allen County coroner’s office said, according to WANE-TV in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

“Fiasco. Our thoughts and prayers to Caleb Swanigan’s family and friends. The world lost a tender soul last night,” the tweet read. “Love you, Biggie.”

After winning the Big Ten Player of the Year award in 2017, Swanigan was selected 26th overall by the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of the NBA draft. At 6-foot-9, Swanigan averaged 2.4 points in 75 career games in three NBA seasons with the Trail Blazers and Sacramento Kings.

Swanigan was a top recruit at Homestead High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and went on to star at Purdue University. As a freshman, Swanigan averaged 10.2 points and 8.3 rebounds per game for the Boilermakers, then increased his production to 18.5 points and 12.5 rebounds per game as a sophomore.

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