Swanigan going to NBA draft; Edwards to return to Purdue

Purdue's Caleb Swanigan, center, takes the ball away from Nebraska's Michael Jacobson, left, with Purdue's Vincent Edwards, right, watching, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lincoln, Neb., on Jan. 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI and WISH) — Caleb Swanigan, the reigning Big Ten player of the year, tweeted late Wednesday afternoon he’s going to take a shot for the NBA.

Swanigan worked out with the Indiana Pacers earlier this month. At that time, he told 24-Hour News 8′ Megan McKeown: “It’s really hard, but you want to feel what you need to do and you just have to make the best decision for you.”

“Even if it’s something you don’t want to do you always have to make the best choice for your family and other people.”

Swanigan grew up in Fort Wayne.

As a Purdue sophomore, Swanigan averaged 18.5 points, second in the Big Ten, and 12.5 rebounds, first in the Big Ten. Many experts project Swanigan will be a late first-round or early second-round draft pick in the draft.

Earlier Wednesday, forward Vincent Edwards announced, via Twitter, he is returning for his senior season.

Edwards worked out for the Indiana Pacers, the New Orleans Pelicans and the Oklahoma City Thunder before making his final decision.

As a junior, Edwards averaged 12.6 points and nearly 5 rebounds per game.

He was tied for second on the team in scoring and assists.

Edwards figures to be the versatile figure he was during his junior season, while improving his game, based on advice from NBA scouts.

Edwards’ return ensures the Boiler senior class remains intact – joining Dakota Mathias, P.J. Thompson and Isaac Haas, who withdrew his name from the draft last week.

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