Purdue has experienced a decent amount of turnover this offseason, but one key piece from last season's squad will be back in the fold for 2016-17.
Caleb Swanigan announced Wednesday that he will return to the Boilermakers for his sophomore season, withdrawing from the NBA Draft.
"The NBA is right there and always will be, but you always have to have patience and do what’s best for you," Swanigan said in the team's announcement.
Swanigan is one of many underclassmen who have taken advantage of new rules allowing them to declare for the draft without hiring an agent and participate in team workouts while still being able to return to school with their NCAA eligibility intact.
The process is undoubtedly beneficial to players, who were able to gather more information about their pro potential but still take time they need to develop and better prepare themselves for the NBA at the college level.
"We are excited that Biggie has withdrawn from the NBA Draft and will return to Purdue," Boilermakers head coach Matt Painter said in the announcement. "He has the potential to make a huge jump from his freshman season and will be a big part of what we do next year. He received great experience going through this process and will use the feedback he received to make him a more diverse player."
Swanigan's return is a big boost for Purdue's chances in the upcoming campaign. As a freshman last season, the big man averaged 10.2 points and 8.3 rebounds a game, earning a spot on the Big Ten All-Freshman Team.
Swanigan joins Vince Edwards in withdrawing from the draft and returning to West Lafayette, giving the Boilers back three-fifths of their starting five from a season ago (P.J. Thompson being the other) as well as other impact players such as Isaac Haas and Ryan Cline. Plus the team added former Michigan point guard Spike Albrecht as a grad transfer this offseason. Purdue should go into the 2016-17 campaign as one of the favorites in the Big Ten.