FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – From homeless to the NBA, Caleb Swanigan’s incredible journey will continue.
The Homestead graduate and consensus All-American at Purdue was selected in the first round – 26th overall – by the Portland Trail Blazers in the NBA Draft Thursday night.
Swanigan averaged 18.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game, while shooting 52.7 percent from the field, 44.7 percent from 3-point range. He was surrounded by family, friends and his college teammates in Fort Wayne.
Swanigan had declared for the NBA Draft last year following his freshman season at Purdue. He later opted to return to the Boilermakers for his sophomore season.
In the weeks leading up to the draft, Swanigan worked out for several NBA Teams, including the Indiana Pacers, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, and Orlando Magic.
Earlier in the draft Portland selected Zach Collins from Gonzaga with the 10th overall pick. The team swapped its 15th and 20th overall picks with the Sacramento Kings to make the Collins selection at 10.
The Trailblazers are coached by Terry Stotts.