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Welcome Aboard - Caleb Swanigan

Indiana's Mr. Basketball Caleb Swanigan verbally committed to Michigan State today and became the fourth member of the Spartans' 2015 Class

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First off, I think the DOJ is appropriate

Originally Caleb Swanigan was supposed to announce tomorrow during the Nike Hoop Summit but made tweeted out earlier today that he would announce at 6 P.M. eastern time. To many's surprise (including mine) he opted for Michigan State over other finalists Cal, Duke, Arizona, Purdue, Chicago State, and Kentucky. He now joins Kyle Ahrens, Matt McQuaid, and fellow McDonald's All-American and AAU teammate Deyonta Davis in MSU's 2015 class. This gave MSU their first pair of McDonald's All-Americans since 2003 when they had Shannon Brown and Brandon Cotton. Per Reggie Rankin Swanigan had this to say about his commitment:

"Coach Izzo cares about me as a player and person and he always wins."

Based on this quote, I think it's fair to say that the Final Four run may have had some effect on Swanigan's decision.

At 6-8 265, Swanigan is a big body that uses his size to rebound well (he led all players in rebounding during the 2014 Nike EYBL) and create space in the low post. . He does however, have a good amount of skill for someone his size and has the ability to make open jumpers. He's slimmed down quite a bit during his high school career as he was once closer to 300 pounds and he should get into better shape during his collegiate career. His playing style reminded Joe and me a little bit of Jared Sullinger and senior year Derrick Nix. He gives MSU someone who they can throw the ball to in the post and expect to score and adds a new element to an already very dangerous MSU team. Although he's a very highly ranked recruit, I do not think he projects as a one-and-done due to lack of height at his position.

With Swanigan now in the mix, Michigan State now has Swanigan, Davis (Fr.), Matt Costello (Sr.), Marvin Clark (So.), and Gavin Schilling (Jr.) as scholarship frontcourt players along with non-scholarship players Colby Wollenman (Sr.) and Kenny Goins (Fr.). MSU will likely be a top 10 team next year with his commitment and this should easily be one of Izzo's deepest teams. Although MSU was involved with transfers Nigel Williams-Goss (Washington) and Johnathan Williams III (Missouri), they no longer have an available scholarship as the roster currently stands. However, an elite recruit committing likely helps MSU contend for future highly ranked recruits.

Caleb Swanigan's AAU mixtape