Caleb Swanigan to Remain in 2017 NBA Draft After 2 Seasons at Purdue

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 24, 2017

MILWAUKEE, WI - MARCH 18:  Caleb Swanigan #50 of the Purdue Boilermakers reacts in the first half against the Iowa State Cyclones during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at BMO Harris Bradley Center on March 18, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Purdue star Caleb Swanigan has elected to remain in the NBA draft instead of returning to school for his junior season, per Jeff Goodman of ESPN.

Goodman also cited a general manager who called him the "most underrated guy in the draft."

The power forward was the Big Ten Player of the Year and a consensus All-American after averaging 18.5 points and 12.5 rebounds per game last season.

Swanigan hadn't signed an agent and was able to return to school until Wednesday's deadline.

He posted thank-you messages to Purdue fans on his Twitter and Instagram accounts:

Despite his impressive statistics from this past season, the 6'9", 245-pound forward is considered a bit undersized for the NBA without elite athleticism. This keeps him ranked just No. 35 overall in the 2017 class by DraftExpress.

Still, it would be difficult for Swanigan to have a better year than he had in 2016-17, making his decision to stay in the draft a wise one.