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.
Indiana announced on Tuesday afternoon that Hoosier Hysteria will start at 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 25, and that doors to Assembly Hall will open an hour before, at 5 p.m.
This year’s event also includes a 64-team 3-on-3 student-only basketball tournament, which will start at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday outside Assembly Hall. The final will be played in Assembly Hall just before the start of Hoosier Hysteria.
As always, fans are encouraged to bring canned food items to donate to Hoosier Hills Food Bank, even though admission is free as is parking. After the event, the team will sign autographs for an hour on the Assembly Hall concourse.
A full press release detailing this year’s Hoosier Hysteria is posted after the jump:
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.
When Indiana coach Tom Crean chose to offer Illinois State transfer Nick Zeisloft a scholarship over the summer, the Hoosiers coach said he saw “a lot on the table left for him.” What could have the Hoosiers’ coach potentially seen in the Redbirds’ seventh-leading scorer that was worthy enough of offering a scholarship with limited spots available?
“I think Nick is going to be a fantastic leader,” Crean said during the Montreal trip. “It’s going to take him a little while to get used to and get comfortable and all those things with the team, but we’re highly confident that he will.”
In the Hoosiers’ five-game tour of Canada, the 6-foot-4 Zeisloft showed some of the on-court value he has: averaging 8.8 points and hitting 11-of-20 3-point attempts. On a team that simply lacked 3-point shooters, Zeisloft already has showed he can be a solution.
On Monday at the Hoosiers’ first practice of situational five-on-five action, Zeisloft’s leadership role was already apparent, as well. The former Illinois State captain played a major role in communicating with his teammates, leading huddles and providing intensity on the court.
“It’s been a lot of fun,” Zeisloft said. “A lot of fun just being very vocal with all of my teammates and them being vocal at me, helping me out if I make a mistake and if they make a mistake I’ll help them, as well. Whenever a team has each other’s backs, see, that’s the most fun about it. That’s when the win you most, too, is when you have every teammate’s back.”
With the start of college basketball season on the horizon, we’re taking a long look at the conference at large as well as Indiana’s roster this month. Today, we continue our look at Indiana’s roster with Troy Williams.
If the Hoosiers are to make a return trip to the NCAA tournament, a sophomore leap from Troy Williams could go a long way in making it a reality.
Coming into Tom Crean’s program last summer from Oak Hill Academy, Williams’ athleticism and love of the home run play were never in doubt. But as the 2013-2014 season went along, the Virginia product suffered from a prolonged case of freshman-itis. He tried to do too much and was often too fast with the ball in his hands (24.8 turnover percentage). While his 2-point field goal percentage led the team (56.9 percent) thanks to a nice ability to score at the rim, his free throw shooting (67.6 percent) and 3-point shooting (20.7 percent) suffered. Williams missed assignments on defense and lacked awareness at times on both sides of the ball.
The good news?
Crean has proven if a young, raw player puts in the time and commitment to his program, he’ll get better. And on the Canada trip, Williams indeed appears to be sporting an improved all-around game.
He stuffed the statsheet during the five-game tour (18.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.2 blocks and 1.2 steals in 27.8 minutes per game) and revealed a left-hand injury that prevented him from using both hands during last season is a thing of the past. While Williams’ shot so far appears improved, his greatest chance at success on offense may be attacking off the dribble and scoring off the baseline. And an improved cast of shooters around him may give him more space to do so. Improved decision-making as he breaks down the defense should lead to a) less turnovers and b) a higher assist rate.
With the start of college basketball season on the horizon, we’re taking a long look at the conference at large as well as Indiana’s roster this month. Today, we continue our look at Indiana’s roster with Emmitt Holt.
Adding a player in late August, particularly a freshman, isn’t common in college basketball, but that’s exactly what happened with Indiana and Emmitt Holt.
The 6-foot-7, 225 pound forward from Rochester, New York had originally opted to reclassify to the 2015 and attend Vermont Academy with the hopes of growing his game and his recruitment.
But Indiana’s need for additional frontcourt help led new assistant coach Chuck Martin to inquire with Holt about taking a visit to Bloomington and moving back to the 2014 class. Holt made his visit to Bloomington in late August and committed while on the trip.
The decision to add Holt, who averaged 19.8 points, 14.6 rebounds and 5.0 blocks per game as a senior at Webster Schroeder High School, should give the Hoosiers another option in the frontcourt who can help right away, particularly on the glass.