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Homestead’s Caleb Swanigan will take part in USA Basketball’s 2014 U17 World Championship Team training camp.

Busy summer for Spartan senior

Swanigan working hard, in and out of gym

Caleb Swanigan’s hectic summer just got a little busier.

The Homestead senior center recently reclassified from the graduating class of 2016 to 2015 and has been taking classes this summer to help make that happen. He also has been selected to take part in USA Basketball’s 2014 U17 World Championship Team training camp from July 24 to Aug. 1 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The camp will be held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. The finalists for the USA U17 team will be announced July 26, with the 12-member team selected by Aug. 1, according to the USA basketball website.

“It’s a good opportunity for me to just see how I have been doing during the spring and the summer,” said Swanigan, who found out about the honor two weeks ago.

“I didn’t get invited to the U18, so it was a relief to get invited to the next one. You definitely want to be invited. It means a lot just because that’s the best of the best there. Just being given the opportunity to make the team is going to be a great experience.”

After averaging 20 points and 12 rebounds a game as a sophomore, the 6-foot-8, 265-pound Swanigan decided to finish high school in three years instead of the usual four and pick up the extra academic work during the summer and fall, in addition to playing AAU basketball during the spring and summer.

He led the Spartans to the Class 4A semistate and was named to the IBCA Underclassmen All-State first team and the Associated Press All-State third team.

“It has definitely made me busy during the summer, but I was going to have a busy summer regardless,” Swanigan said.

“We have been talking about it ever since my freshman year, and the opportunity finally rolled around, and we decided to do it.

“It’s kind of weird, but then again, you do get to finish high school in three years, and you don’t have to come back another year. It gets you to the next level just that much faster.”

Potential colleges have taken notice of his new classification.

“Recruiting has been very busy,” he said. “It picked up since I reclassified, and it has still been pretty intense.”

Swanigan has offers from Indiana, Notre Dame, Connecticut, Kansas, Michigan State, Louisville, Arizona and Georgetown. He said he would like to begin narrowing his list in the next month or so and make a decision by the spring.

gjones@jg.net

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