On Wednesday, the Detroit Free Press released an article stating that Tom Izzo wasn’t worried about the fact that big man Caleb Swanigan had yet to submit his letter of intent.
Swanigan had verbally committed to play at Michigan State back in early April, giving the Spartans one of the nation’s more talented recruiting classes.
On Thursday, less than 24 hours after the Detroit Free Press’ article surfaced, Izzo has reason to be concerned now.
Caleb Swanigan de-committed from the Michigan State Spartans, thus re-opening his recruiting process.With Swanigan in the mix, the Spartans had the look of a serious Big Ten title contender. Alongside incoming freshmen Deyonta Davis and Matt McQuaid, Michigan State had a healthy dose of experienced players and talented youth coming in. The Spartans looked like a team who could make another deep run in the NCAA Tournament.
Now, without Swanigan, the Spartans are left searching for another big man in the paint. They still have Matt Costello and Gavin Schilling on their roster, so they should be fine. However, having Swanigan on their roster provided the team with some extra depth in the paint, depth that could have carried them a long way in the 2015-16 season.
The change for Swanigan could get even more painful for the Spartans, as the Purdue Boilermakers look like a nearly front-runner to land the big man’s services. If he chooses to go play for the Boilermakers, the Spartans won’t have the luxury of having him on their roster, but will have to face off against him instead.
Swanigan is a native of Fort Wayne, IN, and played his high school basketball at Homestead High School.