Former NBA interior Caleb Swanigan dies, aged 25

Amidst the many Draft-related rumors and debates over which franchise should select which prospect, sad news has unfortunately been added to the news basket this Tuesday. Former NBA player Caleb Swanigan has died aged just 25.

This is Shams Charania from Athleticism who announced the tragedy on his Twitter account. And the reactions were quick to follow on the blue bird. From Jaylen Brown to Jusuf Nurkic via Evan Turner, several NBA players who rubbed shoulders with the former interior of Portland and Sacramento wanted to pay tribute to him. The world of the university basket also expressed its sadness, Swanigan being one of those players who knew how to leave a real mark in the university where they went. Before entering the Big League via the 26th choice of the 2017 Draft, Caleb had established himself as a very serious guy in the rackets under the colors of Purdue, the university that a certain Jaden Ivey has just left. The best high school student in Indiana in 2015 notably won the Lute Olson Award rewarding the MOP (Most Outstanding Player) of the NCAA season, as well as the Pete Newell Big Man Award for the best player in the low position. He was also named Big Ten Player of the Year and first-team All-American alongside Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart, among others. A very good university career therefore, which did not however translate into the NBA where Swanigan will only have played 75 games in total between 2017 and 2020 (for stats of 2.3 points and 2.9 rebounds in 8.7 minutes), in the jersey of the Blazers and the Kings.

According to information fromESPN, Caleb Swanigan died of “natural causes”. Fighting for a good part of his youth against overweight problems and having grown up with a father addicted to crack and diabetic, Caleb encountered his share of challenges on his personal path, he who also chained passages in different centers shelter for the homeless between Utah and Indiana until the age of 13. Swanigan then found real direction through the basket and thanks in particular to a certain Roosevelt Barnes, a former NFL player (who passed through Purdue University, where he played basket before becoming an AAU coach) who became an agent who took Caleb under his wing by becoming his adoptive father. Swanigan has even gotten involved with FoodCorps, which works with American schools to help kids eat better every day. But once his NBA career was over, the former Blazers player unfortunately found his old demons. Arrested for possession of marijuana in 2020, Caleb appeared in court with a worrying overweight, overweight which had been the source of much mockery on social networks. To the extent that Blazers boss Damian Lillard stepped up to the plate to condemn gossip and ask for indulgence in the face of the galleys of his former teammate…

25 years. 25 years old only. The news is terrible, and the fate of Caleb Swanigan simply tragic. That his soul rests in peace. TO TEAR APART.

Source text: The Athletic, ESPN

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