The former Homestead and Purdue basketball star, Caleb Swanigan, passed away at 25. Allen County Coroner's Office said Swanigan died from natural causes.

We heard the story over and over again. Anytime Purdue basketball played between 2015 and 2017, we heard it because it was a good story. 

It was the story of a young man who grew up in a difficult environment, including homeless shelters, with a mother trying to do her best with six children.

Swanigan was just 13 years old when former Purdue football player Roosevelt Barnes took him under his wing at the behest of Caleb's older brother.

He was a proficient scorer as well but nothing compared to the rebounding. He finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds in his first college game. 

He finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds in his first college game. At Purdue, Swanigan was an immediate impact player. His greatest skill was probably his rebounding.

No one wanted the ball after it came off that rim more than him, and if you thought you wanted it, you would have to go through him. He was proficient as well rebounding. 

Following this incredible season for Swanigan, he has been named a consensus All-American becoming the first Purdue player to do so in six seasons. 

Following this season, he did the smart thing and declared for the NBA Draft. He was selected in the first round, 26th overall, by the Portland Trailblazers. He had done the unthinkable. 

Caleb Swanigan's life was a great story with so many highs. Following his arrest, I had hoped for Swanigan to do what he did best: rebound again.