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UK’s Class of ’15 Basketball Recruiting Board: Meet The New Guy

Fort Wayne’s Caleb Swanigan is the latest high school senior to receive the ultimate prize: a scholarship offer to play basketball at the University of Kentucky. A top 25 player in the class, Swanigan shined at the Nike EYBL Peach Jam last weekend in front of the UK coaching staff, earning him the offer from John Calipari on Sunday.

An unofficial count makes Swanigan the 13th member of the 2015 class to receive an offer from UK. We know the others, so now it’s time we get to know a little more about Caleb in tonight’s ‘Meet The New Guy’ feature.


Caleb Swanigan

6’8″, 265 lbs.
Fort Wayne, Indiana (Homestead)

Top247: No. 29 overall, No. 5 C
247 Composite: No. 17 overall, No. 3 C
Rivals: No. 20 overall, No. 5 C
ESPN: No. 17 overall, No. 5 C
Scout: No. 12 overall, No. 7 C

Other offers include: Michigan State, Louisville, Indiana, Arizona, Kansas, Tennessee, Missouri, Georgetown

247Sports Crystal Ball prediction: Michigan State, 94%; Louisville 6%


He reclassified to the 2015 class in May.

Swanigan was a sophomore in high school last season as a member of the 2016 class but made the jump to 2015 to start the summer. He will turn 18 before graduating next May.

Slice Rohrssen told him to “go to work” at the Peach Jam.

Swanigan told Chris Fisher, “He texted me and said, ‘go to work at Peach Jam and do what you do.'”

Slice was on Swanigan early, back when he was an assistant back at Pittsburgh. Swanigan called him a good guy that is easy to relate to.

He went to work at the Peach Jam.

After posting 20 and 17 in his first game in North Augusta, Swanigan stole the show from Cheick Diallo and Thomas Bryant in the Thursday evening session. He went for 20 points and nine rebounds against the two top 20 players inside, adding a three-pointer at the buzzer in regulation to force overtime, followed by a three-pointer at the buzzer in overtime to force another. Both shots came off long inbound passes with only a few seconds remaining, leading Rick Pitino to make a Christian Laettner reference to Matt Jones.

Swanigan went for 15 and 15 in his next game on the second day of the tournament and that’s all we needed to see.

He thinks he would fit in at UK because he plays hard.

In the aforementioned conversation with Chris Fisher, he noted how hard kids play for John Calipari in Lexington. He said he believes he would fit in because he also plays hard.

He was invited to football camp at Alabama.

Before putting all of his focus on the hardwood, Swanigan was making a name for himself on the football field, too. He was getting some serious looks from several high major programs as an offensive tackle.

He’s lost almost 100 pounds since the 8th grade.

Once football became an afterthought, it was time to shed the weight and take basketball seriously.

He’s on Vine.

He played AAU ball with Trey Lyles and James Blackmon Jr.

Swanigan was a young contributor on last summer’s Spiece Indy Heat team that featured UK freshman Trey Lyles and Indiana freshman James Blackmon Jr. This year he did his best to step in and fill the starring role they left behind.

He’s a big fan of Kobe Bryant.

Maybe Julius Randle can have Mamba give him a call?

He begins USA Basketball U17 training tomorrow.

Swanigan is one of 36 players invited to take part in training for the FIBA U17 World Championships, beginning tomorrow in Colorado Springs. Several other UK targets will also compete for a spot on the team that will play in Dubai early next month.


And that, my friends, is Caleb Swanigan.



Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

3 Comments for UK’s Class of ’15 Basketball Recruiting Board: Meet The New Guy

  1. Homestead Spartan
    10:00 pm July 23, 2014 Permalink

    Kid is a load. Last year he played under the rim. We’ll see if trimming down over the summer helps his ability to finish above the rim. Izzo has been to his high school games. Not really seen him play outside 15 feet as he mainly plays down low with his backside blocking out the light to the 6’5″ centers he faces. Wonder if coach Chris Johnson will allow him to show more of his game in high school or force him down low. Honestly from a team standpoint playing down low would be best but he could be granted permission to roam a bit more as I think they have another 6’8″ kid who could man the block.

  2. sparky624
    10:15 pm July 23, 2014 Permalink

    Drew, have you heard of a commit from a 2015 PF today ?? Heard from a ‘source’ one did commit …

  3. Recruit
    10:28 pm July 23, 2014 Permalink

    Kid seems a little undersized. Really don’t see the need of having him since we will probably have dakari or karl towns still here. My biggest concern for this team post harrison twins will be consistent guard play. We need Malik Newman and Jaylen Brown on board to compliment Ulis Book Matthews