UK assistant coach Barry “Slice” Rohrssen has watched quite a bit of Caleb Swanigan this week at Peach Jam.
Swanigan — a 6-8 power forward from Fort Wayne, Ind. — hasn’t been on UK’s radar much lately, but Rohrssen has been tracking him for a while.
“I’ve been close with Slice since he was at Pitt, and when he moved over to Kentucky that was an immediate connection,” Swanigan said. “I was real familiar with him, and I got to know Slice very well. He’s easy to relate to. He’s not uptight. He’s a good guy.”
Rohrssen sent Swanigan a text message Wednesday, wishing the player well.
“Just go to work at Peach Jam,” the message said.
Swanigan — the No. 12 overall player in the Scout rankings — got off to a good start, averaging 18.3 points and 13.7 rebounds over his first three games. In one of those, he nailed a three-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime, and then did the same thing to force a second OT.
Rohrssen was there to see it, Swanigan noticed.
“He was (also) there when I hit a buzzer beater in high school,” he said, “so that was nothing for Slice.”
Swanigan said he has spoken to John Calipari, but it’s been two or three months since their last conversation. The five-star prospect has switched from the class of 2016 since then, and UK is already recruiting several post players for the 2015 class.
Still, Calipari showed up Thursday morning to see Swanigan for himself. And there’s still time if the UK coach wants to rekindle the recruitment.
“They’re definitely a possibility,” Swanigan said. “Just because of the way they develop their guys and they win. If you play hard, you can play with Kentucky. I play hard and I think I can fit in with what they do.”