Indiana offers 2015 forward O.G. Anunoby on visit

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Another new name has surfaced on the Indiana recruiting radar for the class of 2015.

Jefferson City (Mo.) forward Ogugua “O.G.” Anunoby took a visit to Bloomington on Monday and according to multiple reports, left with a scholarship offer.

Anunoby is an AAU teammate of Indiana recruiting target Nick Marshall with Team Thad, an Under Armour affiliated program based in Tennessee.

The 6-foot-7, 200 pound wing is unranked in the latest 247Composite rankings, but has scholarship offers from Iowa, Louisiana Tech, Missouri State, Murray State and Wichita State.

“Tom Crean’s been personally recruiting him,” Anunoby’s AAU coach, Norton Hurd told The Indianapolis Star. “(Crean) said he got the same feeling he did when he recruited Victor Oladipo.”

Here’s a look at some video of Anunoby from the last year:

(Photo credit: NewsTribune.com)

  • Bryce Kepner

    “(Crean) said he got the same feeling he did when he recruited Victor Oladipo”

    Gave me chills a little bit

  • Bryce Kepner

    Also, I think that’s Juwan Morgan guarding him in the picture

  • JBishop0425

    I know these are highlight video’s, but i couldn’t complain much about this kid. Good looking shot, good court awareness, shot blocking, passing, and good hands in general.

  • 323SGrant

    Don’t know how good the competition is in the videos, but O.G. seems to have a decent skill set.

  • Hoosier Hall

    This guy gets up off the floor with ease. I mean, he jumps very high, very quick and doesn’t look like he’s trying that hard. He needs to work on getting up that high on his jump shot and develop some ball handling. I don’t care if we strike out 9 times out of 10, if we land another Oladipo type of guy (diamond in the rough) I’ll be thrilled.

  • ForeverIU

    Did some googling. I think his father has a PhD (professor?), and so does Victor’s dad. I think he is also of West African heritage (Nigeria?). Oh, and I kept thinking Obi Wan Kenobi, lol. Now I must say I have a soft spot for kids like that.

  • CreamandCrimson

    This 2015 class is getting really…..I guess “interesting” is the only word I have for it. We’ve offered a few point guards, a bunch of combo guards, a bunch of wings and a few traditional big guys. The recruiting board looked significantly different 3 months ago than it does now. The only constant has been that we have no commitments.

    I’m confident we’ll end up with a 2-3 man class we are happy with and intrigued by but I don’t envy the guys who have to predict this stuff….I don’t think anyone has any idea where things are headed with this class.

  • ForeverIU

    How will it work with oversigning? Is this common practice in recruiting (I mean nationwide)? If we get 2-3 more commitments, we are oversigned by one or two, which means that throughout the season we’re going to have players asking themselves, “Will it be me?” Some will ask themselves the question more than others. Does this bring about a culture of mistrust? Or does it encourage healthy competition? Not asking rhetorically here; I honestly want to know. Do coaches address these concerns with players?

  • OhioHoosier

    I like our chances with Shake mask a Juwan.

  • SCHoosier

    Kid is very smooth….excellent defensive timing and apparently can make some jump shots. I suspect we’ll hear a “VO comparison” for various people. Can’t believe O.G. is not ranked!!??

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Having a PhD is always a plus :)

  • TorontoHoosierFan

    This is getting depressing. Duke just secured their third 5 star recruit for 2015, and we’re offering guys who aren’t even ranked. Not saying that every recruit needs to be blue chip, but come one, this is Indiana! 2015 has the potential to be a complete disaster on the recruiting front.

  • ForeverIU

    Yeah, even a Purdue PhD, lol.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Purdue basically hands them out to students who can read, so it wasn’t that hard to get one.

  • ForeverIU

    You are being too modest, I hope.

  • Bryce Kepner

    It’s not just IU. If you look at the culture of college basketball, kids are really committed a whole lot either. Look at all the number of decommitments and transfers across the nation the last few years.
    Of course you never want anyone to be “pushed out” of a program but in my opinion, the best will stay and play.

  • Bryce Kepner

    Disaster? Step away from the ledge! We still have a more than decent shot at some great players. Nick Marshall and Juwan Morgan are both two players that are starting to rise on everyone’s boards and we were quick to jump aboard before most schools did. Also don’t be surprised to see this Anunoby kid jump up into the ranks here soon. Nobody may agree with me. but Crean is good at finding these diamonds in the rough. He signed Hoetzal, April, and Priller right as a lot of other schools were trying to jump on board.

  • TorontoHoosierFan

    I dig your positive attitude. Wish I could be that optimistic. Just tired of not being in the mix with the top recruits in the country.

  • Bryce Kepner

    JBJ, Robert Johnson??

  • TorontoHoosierFan

    Both great additions, but appears as though the well has run dry for 2015; hope I’m wrong. We should be competing with the Dukes and UKs for top talent, not trying to find diamonds in the rough.

  • Bryce Kepner

    We compete for top talent every year. Last year we beat out UK for JBJ and we beat out Robert Johnson for Johnson. We are right in the middle for Juwan Morgan and Shake Milton, who are being recruited by a lot of big programs.

  • INexpat2001

    I don’t always watch the recruit highlight videos, but when CTC pulls out the Vic comparison — Imma watch the video.

  • SCHoosier

    Give me 3 realistic reasons why IU should be competing with Duke and UK for 4 and 5 stars…seriously.

  • Snookafly

    Hoetzel, April, and Priller have not proven themselves yet. I can’t give him credit for untested players just yet.

  • TorontoHoosierFan

    I’ll give you one reason – cause that’s what the top schools do, compete for the best talent.

  • Dagwoods

    As much as I’m an IU fan & as optimistic as they come, we are NOT Duke or UK, or even close (to the rest of the world). We will get our occasional share of 5-stars, but we will have to find our diamonds in the roughs, like Victor, too.

  • IUBizmark

    I genuinely want to know if your statement is true about other schools beginning to recruit April and Priller. I think they’re good talents that can be developed.

  • Bryce Kepner

    Well in all the articles that were posted about them , it mentioned that IU was not the only school in the gyms looking at those two

  • IUBizmark

    I googled it and you are correct; there were other majors scouting them.

  • dontfiretomcrean

    Indiana hasn’t been relevant on the national stage for almost 30 years, with the exception of a couple squads here and there. It’s not an elite program anymore. Can it get back to that status? Yes. But it is far from elite.

    Duke has arguably one of the most talented teams in the country every year and have been jettisoned in the first and second rounds of the tourney on a fairly regular basis recently. Kentucky had 10 McDonald’s All Americans and got beat by an undersized and less talented UConn team for the title. One and done’s as necessities for a team is overrated. If you don’t have a solid core around your one and done players then you have what happened last year with Vonleah–nothing. It was a waste of great player. He was fun to watch, but what was the point. Give me the 3 and 4 star guys and a few of the diamonds in the rough any day. Those are the guys that win titles.

  • TorontoHoosierFan

    Very well said. I”m trying to adopt this mentality but often get seduced by the lure of big name recruits. And it just annoys me that programs like Duke and UK are always so loaded.

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