Class of 2015 Jefferson City (Mo.) forward O.G. Anunoby became the second member of Indiana’s 2015 recruiting class tonight when he announced his commitment to the Hoosiers at his high school.
Inside the Hall spoke with Anunoby about the decision and a full transcript of our Q & A is transcribed below:
On why he decided on Indiana:
“I just felt it was the best fit for me. I like the coaching staff. They probably recruited me the hardest.”
On what he liked about the coaching staff:
“How much they want to get their players better. I liked that a lot.”
On how difficult the decision was and whether he went back and forth on it:
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.
On Tuesday evening, class of 2015 Jefferson City (Mo.) forward O.G. Anunoby will announce his college decision at his high school. The announcement is expected to come at 6:20 p.m. ET.
Here’s our primer for the announcement with everything you need to know:
Forward, 6-8, 210-pounds, Jefferson City (Mo.), Team Thad
247Composite: 3-star (241); ESPN: (NR); Rivals: 3-star (NR); Scout: 3-star (NR)
Offers: Drake, Georgia, George Mason, Gonzaga, Illinois State, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas State, Louisiana Tech, Missouri State, Murray State, Ole Miss, San Jose State, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, Vanderbilt, Western Kentucky, Wichita State
Official visits: Georgia, Indiana, Iowa
The primary contenders
Anunoby took official visits to three schools — Georgia, Indiana and Iowa — and also is strongly considering Ole Miss and Gonzaga. Neither Ole Miss or Gonzaga received an official visit from Anunoby.
A pair of class of 2015 Indiana recruiting targets have set dates for their college announcements.
— OG Anunoby (@OAnunoby) October 13, 2014
The 6-foot-8 forward took official visits to Georgia, Indiana and Iowa. He’s rated the No. 241 player nationally according to the 247Composite.
Owasso (Okla.) guard Shake Milton, a 6-foot-4 combo guard, also set a date for his college announcement.
The recruitment of class of 2015 Jefferson City (Mo.) forward Ogugua “O.G.” Anunoby will be coming to a conclusion soon, according to his high school coach.
Jefferson City coach Blair Thompson told Inside the Hall on Monday morning that Anunoby, who visited Bloomington over the weekend, has completed his official visits and hopes to have a decision soon.
“He said it (the Indiana visit) went really well,” Thompson told Inside the Hall. “At this point, he has taken all of the official visits to the schools at the top of his list and I would anticipate, in talking to him, a decision within the next 7 to 10 days, at the most.”
Anunoby, a 6-foot-8 forward, has taken official visits to Iowa, Georgia and Indiana.
He’s rated the No. 240 prospect nationally in the 247Composite and became a target for the Hoosier staff over the summer when they saw him play for Team Thad.
“I think they ran into O.G. this summer and saw him late this summer,” Thompson explained. “Since they saw him play with Team Thad this summer, they contacted me and have been in regular contact with O.G. and have stayed very, very persistent and active in his recruitment. They definitely have let him know that the interest is there. I think they’ve done a fantastic job of staying in communication with him and letting him know where they stand throughout the whole process.”
Heading into last weekend’s official visit to Indiana, 2015 Owasso (Okla.) guard Shake Milton said he knew Indiana fans were passionate about Hoosiers basketball. But he had yet to see the full extent of it in person, having taken an unofficial visit to Bloomington during the summer in June.
This past weekend, though, Milton said he got a better understanding of how passionate IU fans truly are. And he left Bloomington on Sunday impressed, saying the visit “went really well.”
“Me and coach (Tom) Crean were walking back from the football game and we were trying to have a conversation but couldn’t because everybody was coming up asking for pictures and saying they can’t wait for the season and stuff like that,” Milton told Inside the Hall on Sunday night. “I like the fact that it’s a real basketball school and people there are really passionate about basketball.”
The 6-foot-4 Milton is the No. 84 prospect in the 2015 class, according to the 247Sports Composite, and took his official visit to Indiana as his final one. During the visit, which was shortened due to his flight being cancelled on Friday from the FAA radar fire in Illinois, Milton was able to see campus, speak with strength and conditioning coach Je’Ney Jackson and spend time with this year’s team. Milton also had the chance to play with the team on Saturday, calling the experience “a lot of fun.”
But for Milton, perhaps the most valuable part of his official visit came on Sunday, during a “pretty personal” conversation with Crean.
Throughout this past AAU season while playing for MoKan Elite, new Indiana commit Juwan Morgan forged a bond with teammate Shake Milton, both on and off the court.
Even though it was their first season playing together, Morgan noted, it felt like “we had 10 years of chemistry behind us.”
“Just the way he’s able to find and make passes that you wouldn’t even believe,” Morgan said. “Like coming off the screen and the ball is almost waiting for you when you turn around because he puts so much spin and everything on the ball. It’s crazy.”
Indiana also is heavily recruiting the 6-foot-4 guard Milton, rated the No. 80 prospect in the 2015 class, according to the 247Composite.
The Owasso, Oklahoma, native will take his last official visit to Indiana beginning Sept. 26. And on Wednesday night, Morgan said he is hopeful his AAU teammate will join him in college.