Official: Caleb Swanigan Leaves Purdue Boilermakers for NBA Draft; as Expected

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It’s official, via a release sent out by the school, Caleb Swanigan will not be returning to Purdue, and instead remains in the NBA Draft. This move by Biggie was expected, but it didn’t get announced until the final decision day, and at time that was about as late as possible. Caleb Swanigan himself broke the news via his Twitter account.

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Purdue Basketball at Marquette the Gavitt Games Headliner? Maybe Wisconsin-Xavier?

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Purdue basketball returns to the Bradley Center, the site which witnessed the Boilermakers clinching a Sweet 16 berth, this past March. Purdue will face Marquette in the Gavitt Tipoff Games, otherwise known as FOX Sports’ answer to ESPN’s B1G/ACC Challenge. The schools sent out the Gavitt Games info just now, although it’s somewhat moot today, given how the schools handed over the news to a TV network four days ago.

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Isaac Haas Returning to Purdue Boilermakers; Withdraws Name from NBA Draft

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Isaac Haas has withdrawn his name from the NBA Draft and will return to Purdue for his senior season.

This according to a release sent out by the school.

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NBA Mock Draft Second Round 5/16/17

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Here is The Sports Bank’s 2017 NBA Mock Draft.  Outstanding trades have not been taken into account with the second round. Also, if you’re into NBA Draft Lottery conspiracy theories, you’ll want to read the feature piece linked here.

(Updated: 5/15/17)

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NBA Mock Draft First Round 5/16/17

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Here is The Sports Bank’s 2017 NBA Mock Draft.

(Updated: 5/15/17) Also, if you’re into NBA Draft Lottery conspiracy theories, you’ll want to read the feature piece linked here.

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Biggie Swanigan a “Second Unit Four” or “Small Ball Five” in NBA Says Fraschilla

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ESPN has recently slashed a lot of their top tier talent, and the cuts hit the college basketball department especially hard.

However, two guys who did actually survive the massive purge are Analyst/International expert Fran Fraschilla and reporter Jeff Goodman who answered questions to preview the 2017 NBA Draft this week.

You can read the entire transcript of their media conference call at this link.

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Purdue Boilermakers Top Early B1G Basketball 2017-18 Power Rankings

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Looking ahead to next season, and this is a very early lookahead as so much will change between now and November, the B1G should get more experienced, deeper and hence better, as a league. That said, it remains to be seen whether not the B1G will make a a bigger and better impact on the national next season.

The Illinois Fighting Illini are the only B1G squad with a national top ten level recruiting class coming in, although the Michigan State Spartans and Purdue Boilermakers are in the top 20, top 25 tier.

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Michigan St. Target Brandon McCoy Considering Purdue? Center Himself Gives an Update

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Although interest in the 2017 McDonald’s All-American Game was far below that of previous events (the 40% off ticket sales promotions available yesterday truly says it all), there was still plenty of intrigue on the recruiting front.

During #McDAAG the real basketball is played behind closed doors in front of NBA scouts, what the media and general public see are just, as Ian Darke would put it, “indifferent editions.”

The real competition and news-worthiness lie in recruiting, and the top story on Wednesday surrounded uncommitted Center Brandon McCoy out of San Diego, California.

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2017-18 Purdue Basketball Way Too Early Season Preview

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Purdue basketball Coach Matt Painter just does not get the credit that he truly deserves.

True, he’s not quite “Gene Keady Light” as of yet, but since he took over the program in 2006-07, the Boilermakers are fourth in the B1G in wins and conference wins. They’re also third in the league in NCAA Tournament bids.

Painter is also fourth all time in B1G Coach of the Year awards and 16th all time in B1G wins; not bad for a guy who will be entering just his 13th year on the job. No, he’s definitely not the guy with the statue outside Mackey Arena and the name on the venue’s street address, but he also doesn’t deserve even half of the flak he consistently receives from much of the Purdue basketball community.

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Purdue Basketball: Sweet 16 Game Preview, Prediction vs Kansas Jayhawks

Purdue basketball player Spike Albrecht is 10-2 in NCAA Tournament play (5-1 at Michigan in 2012-13; 3-1 at Michigan in 2013-14; 2-0 at Purdue in 2016-17). Yes, the graduate student guard is a bit down on the depth chart.

He’s not a major minutes guy by any means. So why lead with Albrecht?

Well, he’s known for unexpectedly turning in a stellar performance, on a huge stage. He’s a guy who got it done when nobody saw it coming, and tomorrow night it’s that kind of situation for the Purdue Boilermakers.

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Spike Albrecht: Purdue Boilermakers Veteran Leader and Top Soundbite

Purdue Boilermakers reserve guard Spike Albrecht may be playing his final collegiate basketball game tonight. Or his story could continue to the sweet sixteen and beyond; quite possibly to Phoenix for the Final Four and beyond. No matter where and when it finishes, it’s been a joy to watch Albecht and he’s been a part of what makes B1G hoops great.

He’s a great soundbite and a very personable sort.

Spike Albrecht first burst on to the national scene when he was with the Michigan Wolverines in 2013.

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Caleb Swanigan One of the Most Taciturn National Players of the Year Ever

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He may have the same nickname as Biggie Smalls, but Caleb Swanigan certainly does not have the ostentation of the late great hip-hip artist. Notorious B.I.G. “went from from ashy to flashy” as he liked to say. Biggie Swanigan puts the reserve in reserved.

During the Purdue Boilermakers media availability on the day in between the first and second round games, Caleb Swanigan spent the entire open locker room session on a stationary bike with his hooded sweatshirt worn tight.

How tight? He pulled the draw strings of the hood in as tightly as possible, like Kenny on “South Park.”

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