“The Purdue basketball family is deeply saddened and devastated by the loss of Caleb Swanigan,” Boilermakers coach Matt Painter said in a statement. “Caleb was a very thoughtful person and a gentle soul who excelled both on and off the field. He has made a huge difference in the lives of everyone he has touched and will miss him a lot. ”
After leading his high school team to his first state title and being named Mr. Indiana’s basketball player in 2015, Swanigan initially devoted himself to the state of Michigan before changing his mind and heading to Purdue. His adoptive father, Roosevelt Barnes, was the star of three sports with the Boilermakers, who played in the NFL as a backer, and later became a sports agent.
From 2017: A sports agent took a 360-pound teenager. He became Caleb Svanigan.
As a second-year student at Purdue, Swanigan has earned numerous accolades, including the 2017 Big Ten Player of the Year award and first-team all-American quotes. He set a conference record with 28 double-doubles and led the Boilermakers to the NCAA World Cup 16.
Terribly sad about this. Biggie has had a positive impact on everyone’s lives. He was such a thoughtful person and a gentle soul who had to master so many things in his life.
He will be greatly missed. https://t.co/Ivm5MiaCUm
– Purdue’s Matt Painter (@ CoachPainter) June 21, 2022
Swanigan was then selected as the 26th overall by the Portland Trail Blazers, who later gave 6 feet of 9,260 pounds ahead with the Sacramento Kings in an exchange in the middle of the 2019 season. The following year he returned to the Trail Blazers and his NBA career practically ended when he refused to rejoin Portland on the league bubble by a delayed pandemic near Orlando 2020. Swanigan averaged 2.3 points and 2.9 rebounds in 75 games in three NBA games of the season.
Saying their “heart was broken” by Swanigan’s death, the Trail Blazers he said Tuesday, “Our thoughts and prayers are with Caleb’s family, friends and everyone who loved him.
They added “Rest in Peace, Biggie”, using a nickname dating back to Swanigan’s childhood. He experienced homelessness, which made it difficult to adhere to a healthy diet, developed gourmets and saw his weight reach 360 pounds before he started eighth grade.
In 2017, Barnes said that after he adopted Swanigan, he began to reshape the child’s eating habits by removing sugar, salt and bread from their home.
“There were times when you cheated, but the thing is, you have to have more days when you win than when you lose,” said Barnes, who praised Swanigan’s focus and determination. “Rao He had to learn to eat things that are green.”
The result was the transformation of a young man into a slender, athletic star on the main faculty program and, ultimately, a member of the leading professional basketball league.
After Swanigan left the NBA, he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of drug possession in 2021. After the photo went viral around the time it appeared to show that Swanigan had gained weight again, Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard said in an online comment, “You don’t know what he’s going through to make a drastic change.”
Lillard then added that people should show support for someone who is a “naturally great guy” and who has gone the “dark way”.
On Tuesday, another former teammate, Sacramento striker Harrison Barnes, tweeted“RIP Biggie.”
“We are deeply saddened to learn of Caleb Swanigan’s death,” Kings said. “He will be remembered as a great teammate and friend. Our hearts are with his family during this incredibly difficult time. “
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