WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue National Player of the Year candidate Caleb Swanigan and head coach Matt Painter were honored by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) for their roles in leading the Boilermakers to the 2017 Big Ten outright regular-season championship.
Four schools (Villanova, North Carolina, Purdue and Kansas) can boast the honor of having the district player and coach of the year.
Swanigan was named to the District V Player of the Year while Painter nabbed his fourth District V Coach of the Year. Schools from the states Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin were eligible for the award.
Swanigan was joined on the team by Miles Bridges (Michigan State), Bonzie Colson (Notre Dame), Ethan Happ (Wisconsin), Malcolm Hill (Illinois), Marcus Keene (Central Michigan), Nate Mason (Minnesota), Bryant McIntosh (Northwestern), Alec Peters (Valparaiso) and Derrick Walton Jr. (Michigan).
Swanigan was named to three All-America squads yesterday and was voted a unanimous selection for Big Ten Player of the Year. It marks the third straight year that a Purdue player was voted to the USBWA District V team (A.J. Hammons in both 2015 and 2016).
Painter, who also earned the award in 2004 (at Southern Illinois), 2010 and 2011, guided the Boilermakers to their first outright Big Ten title in 21 years and a 25-6 overall mark. The Boilermakers head to Washington, D.C., as the No. 1 overall seed for this weekend’s Big Ten Tournament.
• USBWA District V Player of the Year and first-team All-District.
• Became Purdue’s fourth Big Ten Player of the Year honoree.
• Yesterday, Swanigan was named a first-team All-American by USA Today, Sporting News and NBC Sports.
• Six-time recipient of Big Ten Player of the Week, the second most in Big Ten history behind Ohio State’s Evan Turner (2010).
• Averaged 18.9 points, 12.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game in league games only. Also finished 11th in field goal percentage, 10th in free throw percentage, third in 3-point percentage and sixth in offensive rebounds per game.
• Became the eighth player in Big ten history to lead the league in scoring (18.9 PPG) and rebounding (12.6 RPG), joining Ohio State’s Evan Turner (2010), Minnesota’s Kris Humphries (2004), Purdue’s Glenn Robinson (1994), Minnesota’s Mychal Thompson (1978), Indiana’s George McGinnis (1971), Ohio State’s Gary Bradds (1964) and Michigan’s M.C. Burton(1959).
• He is one of only four Big Ten players to lead the league in scoring and win an outright Big Ten championship (Swanigan, Purdue’s Glenn Robinson, Ohio State’s Evan Turner and Jim Jackson).
• His 227 rebounds in Big Ten play were the most in Big Ten play since Michigan’s Rudy Tomjanovich had 227 in 1970.
• Swanigan leads the country in double-doubles with 25, just one shy of the all-time Big Ten record set by Ohio State’s Jerry Lucas (1960, 1961, 1962) and Brad Sellers (1986). One more double-double will tie him for 26th in NCAA history.
• In games that Swanigan produces a double-double, the Boilermakers are 22-3 this year and 29-4 during his career. His 33 career double-doubles (in 65 games) are the fourth most in school history.
• Swanigan has posted four 20-20 games this year. The rest of major-college players have three combined. It is also double the amount of 20-20 games by Big Ten players in the last 20 years (2).
• Swanigan needs just 21 points, 10 rebounds and three assists to become the second major college player in the last 25 years to have 600 points, 400 rebounds and 90 assists in a season. The other is Wake Forest’s Tim Duncan (1996-97).
• Swanigan became the fifth player in Purdue history to have 500 points and 300 rebounds in a single season, and the first since Brad Miller in 1997-98.
• He has smashed the school record for most rebounds in a season with 390. The previous record was 352 by Joe Barry Carroll during the 1978-79 season.
• His 390 rebounds are the second most for a Big Ten player since the 1989-90 season (Iowa’s Reggie Evans had in 416 in 2000-01). He also needs just 10 rebounds to become the sixth player in Big Ten history with 400 rebounds in a season.
• With his current averages of 18.7 points, 12.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game, he is 1-of-2 players in the last 25 years to average those marks (Wake Forest’s Tim Duncan in 1996-97).
• Swanigan is averaging 14.3 points and 10.3 rebounds for his career, and is on pace to average a career double-double, the first for a Purdue player since Dave Schellhase in 1964-66, 51 years ago.
• Swanigan owns 13, 20-10 games this season, the eighth most for a player since the 2010-11 season and second most in the country this year.
• Lastly, Swanigan excels off the court as well, being named a second-team Academic All-American.