2015 forward O.G. Anunoby commits to Indiana

  • 10/14/2014 6:25 pm in

Indiana received its second commitment for the class of 2015 on Tuesday evening when Jefferson City (Mo.) forward O.G. Anunoby announced for the Hoosiers at high school in front of family, friends and classmates.

The 6-foot-8, 210-pound forward is rated the No. 241 prospect nationally in the 247Composite and chose Indiana over Georgia, Gonzaga, Iowa, Ole Miss and several others.

Anunoby visited Bloomington unofficially in August and then took an official visit earlier this month.

As a junior at Jefferson City, Anunoby averaged 21.3 points, 9.9 rebounds and 3.4 blocks per game and was named first team all-state in Missouri for Class 5.

In a head-to-had battle with Indiana commitment Juwan Morgan last January, Anunoby had 13 points and nine rebounds as Jefferson City fell to Waynesville, 46-44, in overtime.

He missed the final six games of his junior season with a broken wrist but had a strong summer on the Under Armour AAU circuit with Team Thad.

“I think his skill set is very unique in that he’s 6-foot-8 and his ability to handle the ball, shoot it and pass it is ahead of his time,” Jefferson City coach Blair Thompson told Inside the Hall. “He’ll only continue to get better as his body develops. He’s young for his class. He just turned 17. I think as his body matures, he’ll adapt to that next level very well.

“He’s a very versatile player. He scores a lot of different ways. He can shoot the 3. He can play with his back to the basket. He can put the thing on the floor and get to the rim as well. He can be a matchup problem at any level.”

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  • InTheMtns

    The NCAA has different rules on scholarships for different sports. Basketball and football must be full scholarships – they can’t be split or be partial scholarships like they can in almost all the other sports. Basketball is allowed 13 full scholarships. And as Bruce noted, academic scholarships still count toward the total permissible number of 13 scholarships. Redshirts also count in that total permissible number.

  • JBishop0425

    Well In my opinion the game is changing drastically. Weren’t there 700+ transfers this year in college basketball? The official NCAA statistic is 40% of players now aren’t at the same school by the end of there sophomore season.

  • Best news I’ve had since he signed…

  • Eugene Debs

    Cool?

  • Alford Bailey

    Good question. I don’t know if any other schools are doing this. Haven’t watched that closely. I’m not a fan of the oversigning. Nobody wants to talk about it but with a projected class size of three in 2015 means three of this years kids will be gone and I do not see anyone going to the NBA right now.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    I don’t follow any other basketball program, so I couldn’t tell you. I do agree that oversigning by one is sort of a safety net for injury, transfer, etc., but more than that bothers me a bit.

    If I’m being honest, I’d be more prone to look the other way if the oversigns were 6’10” monsters…

  • TomJameson

    …. in your opinion. The truth is, nobody KNOWS what will happen with the scholarships. Either one of those two, or both, could have a huge year and get a lot of attention for the draft, or they can be back. Statistics support that at one of them will be drafted and somebody will transfer. I really hope those two are both back, but one never knows.

  • Crazy Chester

    Not saying that one 3 star here and there is a problem if there is potential there, but CTC is recruiting WAY too many low caliber players. 3 star and lower is becoming the rule and not the exception in our program.

  • Crazy Chester

    Comeon man. Yes, occasionally a special group of players can defy the odds. But the program that consistently recruits 3 stars and lower is not competing for championships over the long haul.

  • INUnivHoosier

    That’s assuming Yogi and JBJ are still here.

  • INUnivHoosier

    You can’t argue with confidence like that.

  • Hoosier Taxidermist

    Welcome OG to HOOSIER NATION. I would like a little SHAKE to go with that.

  • Bryce Kepner

    All Im saying is that EVERY year, mid majors make it deep in the tourney. Deeper than we have made it in the last decade thats for sure. Butler, VCU, Witicha St,etc. Its not occasionally, its every year that teams like this compete and beat the big dogs.

  • Ole Man

    Clearly it can be done. Some of that equation is coaching.

    Most of those teams, Gonzaga, VCU aside, rarely sustain decades long tournament “success”.

  • Ole Man

    Less competition for them? I don’t know; but you raise an interesting point.

  • Ole Man

    LOL!
    VO made his big jump ‘tween his Soph and Jr. years; which is the same track I put Troy on.

  • Bryce Kepner

    Depends on what is defined as success, simply making it to the tourney, making it to a certain round? Cause a lot of these big time programs consistently make it into the tournament but take Duke for example, they’ve gotten beat out in the first couple of round a lot recently. I would argue that many teams have decades long tournament success.

  • Bryce Kepner

    So If a big team like Duke or someone else wins, its because they recruit and get 5 stars, but if a mid major has success, its only because of the coach? This is always the go to answer in these cases

  • Ole Man

    It’s an educated guess.

    Yogi is too short.
    VO made his big jump ‘tween his Soph and Jr. year.
    Neither are held in high regard at this time by NBA draft people.

    Show your statistics regarding those two. Those are the two I specifically spoke to and to whom you made this statement: “Statistics support that at one of them will be drafted.”

    I’d say you’re more opinionated than I am.

  • Ole Man

    I’ll take Duke’s “lack of success” over our lack of success any day.

  • Bryce Kepner

    I’m sure most of us would take Gonzaga’s as well. They haven’t missed the tourney since 98′

  • Crazy Chester

    Yes, every year a mid major or two will have a special group of players that will make a run and once that group gone, they fall back into national irrelevance. The only programs that consistently make runs decade after decade are those consistently bringing in elite talent. It sounds to me like you are satisfied with signing 3 star players and hoping the stars align once every 20 years. I am not. I feel like Indiana has the potential to challenge for conference championships and final fours EVERY year. However, with the types of players we have been signing lately that is not going to happen.

  • Crazy Chester

    The IU fan base is slowly accepting being classified with the Butlers, VCUs, or Witchita States of the world, instead of with the Kansas’, Kentuckys, and Dukes of the world. It is a sad reality.

  • INUnivHoosier

    I’m with you, Ole Man.

  • Crimson&CremeFraiche

    I’m saying Troy will be gone next year. If he can drain threes and not turn the ball over he’s gone. His highlight reel dunks are going to attract a ton of attention if he puts up solid numbers and our team is respectable.

  • Ole Man

    Do you mean after this season or next? I’m confused by your “next year”.

  • HoosierGrampy

    Calbert was injured his senior year, AAU games were not “the thing to do during the Summer” and Jim Crews also had a pretty good eye for talent back in the day. Not winning a title during his tenure was largely a “Ted Valentine vendetta against RMK” and Alan Henderson’s injury more than anything else.

  • HoosierGrampy

    The guarantee of a 4-year scholarship changed the landscape for IU’s basketball program…perhaps for forever. Other programs which offer ONLY a 1-year guarantee have retained a way to invite lesser-talented players out of their programs. TC no longer has this option.

  • Freethrows

    Well said about T.V. LOL. That Duke game in 1992 was a travesty. I recently watched in again on youtube. We had that game in hand and then four starters foul out. I have never seen that many players from one team foul out since that game.

  • InTheMtns

    Grampy, the NCAA doesn’t have a roster limit of 15 unless there is a new rule I’m unaware of beginning this year. Indiana had 17 players on the roster the last three years (11-12, 12-13, and 13-14). Your point that something’s gotta give is without debate, though, assuming the 15 who’ve been offered scholarships all want them because there are only 13 scholarship spots. I suspect the coaching staff has a pretty good idea of how it will work out, though. Us – we’ll just have to wonder while waiting to see.

  • Zach

    Welcome OG (I can definitely get used to saying that)! Now if we can get Shake and/or Bryant (Preferably Bryant obviously) we’ve got ourselves a damn solid class

  • KmanCRK

    I will play devil’s advocate and say I guarantee someone is going to leave, either early entry to pros or via transfer. We just don’t know the circumstances yet, and probably won’t until April. In today’s world, I’d expect 2 transfers a year moving forward. I have my speculation as to who it will be, but who cares at this point in time anyway. GO HOOSIERS!!

  • KmanCRK

    Don’t be so quick on Troy…When the NBA starts drafting on college stats, career accomplishments I might change my tune, but as of now, potential trumps all, and I’d say there is at least a 50% chance he’s gone if his game has improved as much as it sounds like it has. I agree on Yogi though, I always thought he was a 4yr guy. Lucky us.

  • KmanCRK

    Great point that doesn’t get enough play. Depending on the public perception of the coach in question often helps determine how much of it is the coach vs the kids as well.

  • KmanCRK

    Based on your crystal ball, what is this year going to look like? I’m interested to find out if its worth watching or not…

  • Crazy Chester

    Just like last year. Do you want to watch that? We need a new coach asap.

  • Bryce Kepner

    Butler, VCU, and Witchita State in the last decade has had more tourney success than we have…

  • Crazy Chester

    Agreed, but moving forward I’m not satisfied with being Butler, VCU, or WSU. I think most IU fans feel the same way. If we have a coach who is going to shape us into a mid major, I want a new coach.

  • Bryce Kepner

    I think you are forgetting that we have always gotten a 4 or 5 star in a class , and the rest of the class is filled out with 3 stars. Thats how its always been. Look at our last “successful” team. Zeller – 5 star , Watford-4 star, Oladipo-3 star, Hulls-3 star, Ferrell – 4 star. Sheeyhey was our 6th man and he was a 3 star. Indiana will probably never be a team that brings in a class full go 5 stars every year, we never have been in the past…
    The 2015 class we have a high 4 star in Morgan and a 3 star (and after playing high school this year will probably change to a 4 star) in OG. We are still in the running for Thomas Bryant who is a 5 star

  • Crazy Chester

    To say that IU is unable to recruit classes full of 4 and 5 star players is a defeatist’s attitude. If we get the right guy in here, our recruiting (and eventually our record) would return to elite status. We clearly have the capabilities to be a TOP program in the country based on facilities, coaching salary, fans, etc., but we are accepting mid-major status. Why is everyone willing to settle????

  • Crazy Chester

    I just responded to a similar post. Im not saying we need to be Kentucky and bring in 4 burger boys every class. I am saying we need to be recruiting against the other top 10 programs in the country, not Ole Miss or Iowa, and certainly not Fairfield and Vermont. We have the funding, facilities, and fans to be (and recruit like) a top program in the country. We should not settle for recruiting like a mid-major. When people say we’ve always signed some 3 stars and that is just the way it is, it just sounds like an excuse. We don’t have a coaching staff that is talented enough to win big with 3 star players. Get the right coaching staff in here and we will be recruiting against the elites in no time.

  • Crimson&CremeFraiche

    I think he is gone after this season. Just my personal opinion. Based all of the information that I have gathered over time along with what I’ve seen and the improvement he made over the season last year. I think he is going to absolutely blow up this year. We won’t know until they start playing but his ceiling is soooo high. And if he’s improved in the areas that they say he has then I think he’s going in the lottery. Maybe I’m crazy.

  • HoosierGrampy

    Thanks for your reply! I was wrong about scholarship numbers–13 full scholarships is the NACC’s only limitation. A coach can have unlimited walk-ons. I hope your feeling that the staff has a good idea how the numbers will work out is accurate. A point made elsewhere was that the guarantee of a 4-yr scholarship forever changed the recruiting landscape in B’town. Staff can no longer change players because they didn’t work out or because someone better is coming in. I’m gonna get a big bowl of popcorn, a 2-liter Pepsi and sit down to watch the drama unfold after the season ends.

  • Bryce Kepner

    We have been recruiting against them. We beat UN for Troy Williams and Robert Johnson. All the top programs for JBJ..and I could go on and on

  • Bryce Kepner

    I’m not settling. I’m just saying just look at our program history and we have never been a team that brings in all the top talent. If we have a group of guys who mesh together well I think that is way more important. I’m not saying settle but I put more importance into team chemistry than recruiting rankings

  • Bryce Kepner

    I understand what you mean. But there is nothing changing anytime soon as far as our coaching staff and nothing we say will change that for the time being.