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The Curious Tale of Caleb Swanigan

The Caleb Swanigan situation is something we’ve never seen before. The commitment to Michigan State, then decomitting based on the rumors of wanting his own personal living quarters and a personal chef.

Now, it’s will he commit to Purdue? Or Kentucky? Or California?

The real question to be asked, though: is Caleb Swanigan worth all this trouble?

Swanigan is a five-star center and stands at 6’9”, 260 pounds with an extremely polished offensive game. He has the ability to take people off the dribble from a short distance while also being able to hit 16-18 foot jumpers.

The problem though? He’s only 6’9” and not that athletic. He’s going to play the center position in college, but at 6’9” he’s made more to be a forward. He’s a lot like former Kentucky center Dakari Johnson in the mold of not being athletic, but beats you with power and soft hands.

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Swanigan could benefit from Coach Calipari’s proven success in developing big men into NBA talents.

So, why wouldn’t he pick Kentucky, the general go-to place if you want a shot at the NBA? Well, he hails from Fort Wayne, Indiana, which is just a couple hours away from Purdue. His adoptive father played basketball and football for the Boilermakers as well.

The case for California is simple. He wants to play with Ivan Rabb and Jaylen Brown, two other McDonald’s All-American’s who Swanigan is friends with. There have been talks that Rabb and Brown are actively recruiting Swanigan, something that is expected.

Looking at Kentucky, how would he fit in with the current roster? Well, the obvious answer is filling a huge hole, adding another post player to where it’s thin. Right now the Wildcats have Marcus Lee, Alex Poythress and Skal Labissiere in the post.

The recruitment of Swanigan has apparently already hurt Kentucky elsewhere, with LaGerald Vick committing to Kansas over Kentucky. Vick is a class of 2016 shooting guard who might reclassify to the class of 2015 and someone the Wildcats were high on.

Swanigan won’t go down as the most important recruitment for Kentucky head coach John Calipari, but the situation needs to end soon for the Wildcats. If he commits to Kentucky, it’s obviously a great win, but if he goes to Purdue or Cal, the Wildcats can move on and start looking at the roster for next season. More importantly, Calipari can take his recruiting efforts elsewhere.

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