2015 forward O.G. Anunoby closing in on decision

  • 10/06/2014 2:51 pm in

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.”

Thompson said that Gonzaga is also involved in Anunoby’s recruitment, but that he has not taken a visit there. His brother and father accompanied him on the official visit to Bloomington.

“I think he’s considering that as well, but all indications are that, whatever the case is, he’s wanting to make a decision pretty quick and get on with it,” he explained. “I would anticipate something this week.”

Indiana received its first commitment for the class of 2015 last month when Juwan Morgan announced for the Hoosiers.

Thompson said he doesn’t expect Anunoby to hold a press conference to announce his decision, but added that they hadn’t discussed final plans yet.

“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,” Thompson said of Anunoby. “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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