WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. –- Purdue freshman Caleb Swanigan has been named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week, the league office announced Monday afternoon.
It marks the third time this year that Swanigan has been named the Big Ten’s Freshman of the Week, also winning the award on Nov. 16, and Dec. 14. The three Freshman of the Week accolades equal the most for a Purdue freshman in school history (Vince Edwards in 2014-15). He equaled Wisconsin freshman Ethan Happ for the most Freshman of the Week honors won this year (3).
Swanigan is coming off a week where he averaged 18.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists while shooting 11-of-16 from the field and 14-of-17 from the free throw line. He scored a career-high 27 points while adding eight rebounds and an assist in 27 minutes. Swanigan was 6-of-7 from the field and 14-of-17 from the free throw line.
In last Tuesday’s win over Nebraska, he added 10 points with four rebounds and two assists in just 21 minutes while going 5-of-9 from the field.
Swanigan is having an outstanding rookie campaign, averaging 10.4 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game while shooting 46.0 percent from the field. Over the last four games, Swanigan is averaging 15.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game, while shooting 20-of-30 (.667) from the field. During that span, he has committed just six turnovers.
Swanigan’s 313 points are the 10th most for a Purdue freshman in school history, while already setting the record for most rebounds in school history by a freshman with 247. He is 1-of-4 freshman in the country with 300 points, 240 rebounds, 50 assists and 20 made 3-pointers (Marquette’s Henry Ellenson, Memphis’ Dedric Lawson, IPFW’s John Konchar).
Swanigan and the 13th-ranked Boilermakers received a double-bye for the Big Ten Tournament and will play either Iowa, Illinois or Minnesota on Friday at 2:30 p.m. ET in Indianapolis’ Bankers Life Fieldhouse.