The Blazers and Boilermakers reacted to the selection:
CBS Sports’ Seth Davis thought the Blazers got great value:
Purdue on BTN shared some of Swanigan‘s backstory:
Derek Schultz of Fox Sports 97.5 in Indianapolis was happy to hear Swanigan‘s name called in the first round:
Swanigan, 20, averaged 18.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game during his sophomore season with the Boilermakers. Mostly an underneath player as a freshman, Swanigan vastly improved as a playmaker and shooter during his second season. He shot a promising 44.7 percent from three-point range on nearly three attempts per game and flashed skills as a facilitator out of the high post.
Hard work will never be a question for Swanigan, who once weighed 360 pounds as a teenager before committing himself to weight loss and basketball.
“He’s continued to improve his body,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said, per Myron Medcalf of ESPN.com. “He’s been selective as a perimeter shooter. He was a good defensive rebounder last year. His improvement lies in his ability to go every single time.”
Portland will hope Swanigan becomes their own version of Draymond Green, though Green is a better athlete and a far superior defender. He has the ability to stretch the floor and make plays out of the high post, which makes him the versatile 4 many NBA teams have begun targeting.
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