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  • Associated Press Homestead graduate and Big Ten Player of the Year Caleb Swanigan takes part in drills during a pre-draft workout for the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis on Monday.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 5:50 pm

Swanigan leaving Purdue for NBA

JEFF WASHBURN | For The Journal Gazette

Homestead graduate and Purdue All-American Caleb Swanigan will remain in the 2017 NBA Draft and forego his final two seasons of college eligibility.

The 2017 Big Ten Player of the Year made his final decision Wednesday night after working out Tuesday for the Orlando Magic and Wednesday for the New York Knicks. Wednesday was the deadline for those who had not hired an agent to withdraw their name from the draft and retain college athletic eligibility.

Swanigan, who led Homestead to the 2015 Class 4A Indiana state championship, averaged 18.5 points and 12.5 rebounds during Purdue's 2016-17 season, producing a 27-8 record and the program's first unshared Big Ten championship since the 1995-96 season.

NBA executives and scouts have mixed opinions about Swanigan's ability to transition into the NBA, producing varied mock draft slots for the 6-foot-9 power forward who had a Big Ten record 28 double-doubles this season.

For example, CBS Sports has Swanigan going 24th in the first round to the Utah Jazz. Other NBA sites have him as a second-round pick -- 40th to New Orleans or 44th to the New York Knicks.

In his two seasons at Purdue, Swanigan helped the Boilermakers win 52 of 69 games, including an NCAA tournament Sweet 16 appearance in 2016-17.

Earlier Wednesday, senior-to-be forward Vince Edwards announced via his Twitter account that he has withdrawn from the draft and will finish his college eligibility at Purdue during the 2017-18 season.

The 6-8 Edwards worked out for New Orleans, Oklahoma City and the Indiana Pacers before deciding to return to college for his senior year. Edwards averaged 12.6 points during the 2016-17 season.

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