Swanigan named finalist for Naismith Award

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan is now on a short list of players with a chance to be named college basketball’s best.

The Atlanta Tipoff Club announced the finalists for the Naismith Trophy Sunday night.

Joining Biggie in contention for the award are Villanova’s Josh Hart, Kansas’ Frank Mason III, and UCLA’s Lonzo Ball.

Finalists are chosen by journalists, current and former head coaches, past Naismith winners and conference commissioners.

Swanigan leads Purdue into Thursday’s Sweet 16 contest against Kansas, coming off Saturday’s second-round win against Iowa State, 80-76 – where he narrowly missed a triple-double with 20 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists.

Biggie averages 18.5 points, 12.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.

According to Purdue Athletics, with the Iowa State win, Swanigan becomes the first major-college player in the last 25 years to record 600 points, 400 rebounds and 100 assists in a season.

The winner of the Naismith Award will be announced April 2.