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Caleb Swanigan to be honored on Purdue men's basketball uniforms

The former Purdue big man died in June at age 25.
Credit: Purdue Athletics
Purdue men's basketball will honor former big man Caleb Swanigan with a patch on their uniforms for the 2022-2023 season.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue men's basketball players will pay homage to the late Caleb Swanigan with their uniforms this season.

"This year, we will honor the legacy of Caleb Swanigan with a patch on our uniforms," the team announced on social media Tuesday.

Photos show the uniforms with a square patch that has Swanigan's nickname, "Biggie," and his old number, 50.

Swanigan was Indiana Mr. Basketball and a standout at Purdue before a stint in the NBA with the Portland Trailblazers and Sacramento Kings. He died in June at age 25.

Swanigan was adopted as a child and had shared how he had experienced homelessness. He also spoke openly about his experience with childhood obesity and his work in the community with FoodCorps, a national organization that puts healthy food in schools.

According to the Allen County Coroner's Office, a doctor signed the death certificate noting Swanigan died of natural causes at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana. No other details were provided.

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