Swanigan works out with Pacers, undecided on immediate NBA future


Purdue freshman Caleb Swanigan works out with the Indiana Pacers (WXIN, May 23, 2016)

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Two days from the deadline to back out of the NBA draft, Purdue freshman Caleb Swanigan is still weighing his options.

“Still gathering information,” said the Big Ten’s leading rebounder in 2015-16. “I haven’t talked to all the teams yet because it’s just been back-to-back-to-back workouts.”

Swanigan has worked out for the Spurs, Timberwolves, Suns, Pelicans, Rockets, and today the Pacers. He’ll wrap up his workout schedule Tuesday with the Hawks.

“I’ve gotten pretty good feedback on how they feel about my game,” Swanigan said. “I still haven’t made the decision yet (to stay or go). I still have to talk to (Purdue) Coach (Matt) Painter and my dad about it.”

Benefiting from a new NBA rule, which allows underclassmen to take part in the combine and work out for individual teams before deciding whether to return to college or not, Swanigan is making the most of and taking up all the time he has.

“I’ve always been of the same mindset,” he explains, “just go through this process, compete, and do everything I can do possibly to put my best foot forward.”

Swanigan said he wouldn’t mind being a second round pick, but a second year with the Boilermakers is not out of the picture just yet.

“I wouldn’t have any problem going back to Purdue,” he said. “I had a great time and a a great year there.”

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