WARSAW – Warsaw basketball fans wanting to get a look at one of the top high school players in the country better plan to arrive plenty early Friday night.
The Tigers’ first road game of the 2014-15 season is a visit to Fort Wayne to face Class 4-A No. 2 Homestead.
The Spartans are led by 6-9, 275-pound senior center Caleb Swanigan. The star is ranked by many scouting services as the top big man in the country and one of the nation’s best prep players.
Homestead, which won 49-48 at Warsaw last season, is 2-1 on the season. The Spartans beat Huntington North 72-45 and then split two games in a tournament this past weekend in Tennessee. Swanigan had 39 points, 21 rebounds and 12 assists Saturday in a 83-67 win over White Station (Tennessee).
Swanigan averaged 20 points and 12 rebounds per game as a sophomore last season in leading Homestead to a 20-8 mark and the program’s first-ever regional championship. Swanigan reclassified this summer in order to be able to take enough high school classes to receive enough credits to be able to skip his junior year and graduate with the Class of 2015.
Swanigan has not made a college choice yet and is not expected to until after the season, according to reports. He has offers from virtually every program in the country, including Kentucky, Duke, Arizona, Kansas, UCLA, UConn and Michigan State. He has also received offers from both Indiana and Purdue.
Warsaw is off to a 2-0 start to the 2014-15 campaign. The Tigers beat Tippecanoe Valley 61-48 last Wednesday and topped Columbia City 38-35 Saturday night, both in the Tiger Den.
The WCHS Athletic Department is encouraging fans to arrive early at Homestead Friday as the game is expected to be a sell-out.
The capacity for the Homestead gym is about 2,100.
Action at Homestead Friday night begins with the junior varsity contest at 6:15 p.m.