It’s been a busy past week for Caleb Swanigan. The 6’8 center out of Fort Wayne, Indiana announced that he is reclassifying to the class of 2015 and since has picked up a number of offers, including one from Sean Miller.
Point Guard U talked with Swanigan at the Nike EYBL in Hampton, Virginia, where he led Spiece Indy Heat to a pair of wins.
While Swanigan doesn’t have the height of most centers, he has a natural gift for rebounding and leads the EYBL Circuit with over 11 boards per game. At 260 pounds, Swanigan almost looks more like a lineman but his size enables him to block out defenders. He also doesn’t mind getting physical down low and will fight for any rebound in sight.
Swanigan’s main concern with reclassifying from a sophomore to junior is the increased work load at school, as he’ll have to take some classes during the summer. “It’s definitely a lot of work but it’s worth it,” he said.
On the court, he shouldn’t have much trouble adjusting and is immediately one of the top big men in the class of 2015. Naturally, a number of schools started calling after he made his announcement and Swanigan insists he is wide open on his recruitment.
“With skipping a year, I need to take extra time,” said Swanigan. “If I have to make a decision next April, then that’s when I have to make it.”
Swanigan said the biggest factor in his decision is coaching security and the stability of the program, and distance to school will not limit his recruitment. As of right now, he has no visits set up.
The day after Swanigan tweeted he was reclassifying, he received an offer from the Arizona staff.
“They like my playing style and think I can fit well there. They want me to come in and play immediately,” he said.
The best comparison of Swanigan to a recent Arizona player is Jordan Hill. Swanigan is still a bit raw on the offensive end and needs to work on a consistent midrange jump shot but he has the upside of a future NBA talent once he gets direction under a college program.