There’s some sad news to pass along in the world of basketball.

He was far too young but he certainly made a big impression.

A former Purdue standout and first-round NBA draft pick has died at age 25 leaving fans stunned.

Caleb Swanigan, former Purdue star and first round pick of the 2017 NBA Draft, has died.

According to a spokesperson for the Allen County Coroner’s Office in Indiana, the ex-Boilermaker center died of natural causes.

The Purdue men’s basketball team released a statement saying that Swanigan passed on Monday night.

On Twitter, the statement read, “Devastated. Our thoughts and prayers to Caleb Swanigan’s family and friends. The world lost a gentle soul last night. Love you Biggie.”

Purdue head coach Matt Painter said, “Biggie had a positive influence in everyone’s life. Was such a thoughtful person and gentle soul who had to overcome so much in his life. He will be greatly missed.”

Swanigan had compiled one of the greatest high school basketball careers ever in the history of the state of Indiana.

At 6’9″ tall and 260 pounds, the basketball player was a five-star recruit, earning the McDonald’s All-American honors after averaging 22.6 points and 13.7 rebounds per game.

Swanigan averaged 14.4 points and 10.4 rebounds per game during his two years with the Boilermakers.

He was taken by the Portland Trail Blazers with the 26th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft and he played in the NBA with the Trail Blazers and the Sacramento Kings until 2020.

The Trail Blazers said in a statement, “We are heartbroken by the passing of former Trail Blazers player Caleb Swanigan. Our thoughts and prayers are with Caleb’s family, friends and all who loved him. Rest In Peace, Biggie.”

The Big Ten Conference wrote on Twitter, “The Big Ten sends our deepest condolences to Caleb Swanigan’s family and friends, and the Purdue community.”

Swanigan said he lived in five different homeless shelters during his family’s travels between Indianapolis and Utah.

Additionally, he had been in more than a dozen different schools by the time he was 13-years-old.

Swanigan also rapped under the name “Slyy5jackk.”

He released several songs including “Thoughts/THOTS” and “My Life” in 2021.

Sports with Balls will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.