Caleb Swanigan Could Get Minutes Immediately, Given Portland Trail Blazers Needs

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You’ve read all the scouting reports on Caleb Swanigan, the 6’9” Power Forward/Center out of Purdue University who was taken by the Portland Trail Blazers with the 26th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

You already know the limitations of his athleticism and his defense. You’ve already heard/read about how Swanigan turns the ball over too much. On the flip side, you also know how well he rebounds and passes, what a great shooter he is for a player his size, and that he takes care of business at the free-throw line too.

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Purdue Basketball: Louisville Rematch Probably B1G/ACC Challenge Headliner

Matt Painter’s Purdue basketball team, along with everybody else participating in the B1G/ACC Challenge, learned their draw today. Purdue will host Louisville, in a rematch of last year’s contest won by the Cardinals, 71-64, at the arena with a name too stupid for us to cite here.

Game date, time, and television details will be announced later this summer. The 18th edition of the B1G/ACC Challenge doesn’t have a true headliner, nor a definitive undercard leader. Or to put it in WWE terms, we don’t really know the Heavyweight championship belt bout, and the Intercontinental title tilt. However, Purdue-Louisville be as big, if not bigger than all on the slate.

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Purdue Football: Preseason Preview Magazines are Rather Fatalistic

If you’re growing bored from the college sports offseason, take heart in the fact that we’re actually not that far off from the B1G Kickoff Luncheon. Pretty soon you might be asking yourself “what are the expectations for Purdue football in 2017?”

Well as Meredith said in The Talented Mr. Ripley, “You should always save pain for daylight.” Thus, if you’re a Purdue football fan, hopefully you’re reading this while the sun is still up.

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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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