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Homestead sophomore Caleb Swanigan has gotten several scholarship offers since the high school season ended.

College interest in Swanigan is growing

Homestead sophomore in no hurry to decide

– A leaner Caleb Swanigan has picked up his game recently, bringing in more college offers.

It started for the Homestead sophomore when he led the Spartans to a surprising run to the Class 4A basketball semistate, earning third-team All-State honors from the Associated Press.

“It was kind of like a domino effect,” Swanigan said Friday after leading his AAU team, Spiece Indy Heat, to an easy 79-47 win Friday over the West Michigan Lakers Black during the Bill Hensley Run-N-Slam event at Spiece Fieldhouse. “I stepped up my game for sectional, and then for regional and for semistate. It kind of set the momentum for AAU.”

He averaged 20 points and 12 rebounds last season for the Spartans.

Swanigan hasn’t missed a beat on the AAU circuit and is wrapping up a week where his potential colleges have grown significantly.

Already with offers from Indiana, Michigan State, Georgetown and Tennessee, he picked up offers this week from Notre Dame, Louisville, UCLA, Iowa, Penn State and others.

“It’s been a busy week for my phone,” Swanigan said.

He also has some interest but no offers from Kentucky, Ohio State and Purdue.

The 6-foot-8 Swanigan has worked on his conditioning, losing 15 pounds. The more muscular Swanigan dominated for the AAU program during a tournament last week in Sacramento, California, averaging 17 points and 11 rebounds.

“Once you get your body right, you see the results,” said Swanigan, who has been eating better and working out every day. “Once you get fatigued, you start playing tired. But if you aren’t fatigue, you can play at your highest level.”

The competition has increased for Swanigan as well, who is playing up with the Spiece Indy Heat’s seniors-to-be team even though he will be a junior next year.

“It is different than playing with my age group,” he said.

Swanigan said he has no timetable for a college decision.

“It’s about being comfortable and just fitting in with the coaching program,” he said. “If I don’t feel comfortable there, I don’t think I will be able to flourish there. It may not be the biggest program or the smallest one, but I have to feel good about the coaches.”

gjones@jg.net

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