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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  • Dean Olson

    I know he’s a 3*, but excited to root on this guy next year. Congratulations, OG, for choosing the best university he (or anyone) possibly could.

  • Bryce Kepner

    Im excited to see this guy as a Hoosier! Welcome aboard !

  • iulineman

    Welcome glad to have him

  • ForeverIU

    Welcome to Hoosier Nation O.G.!

  • Alford Bailey

    Cool! The more I find out about him the more I like him. 2 down one to go. Mr. Bryant COME ON DOWN!

  • Brklynhoosier

    OG!!… Welcome!…

  • Rkeg

    Yes – get him into our system and this kid will be a beast – Welcome to the family

  • Cable Guy Baller

    He looks quick for his size in the highlight videos. Reminds me a little bit of Stacey Augmon. Would love it if he could become that kind of defender.

  • Alford Bailey

    He’s a youngin. Just turned 17. Lots of room to grow and get stronger.

  • Bryce Kepner

    And we have Thomas Bryant on campus this upcoming weekend!!

  • That is so cool. Glad to have you on board O.G… You’ll make a great Hoosier.Now I hope we can also wrap up Bryant. and Shake as far as that’s concerned.

  • AUKevin

    Dear lord, with arms like that he’s lucky he hasn’t broken every finger walking on them. Looks like a layup deterrent to me.

  • He could conceivably grow another inch. Any news on his ‘growth plates’? How are they doin’?…

  • IUDan

    We’ve got our best people on it Ken … My guess is they are wide open!

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    We now have our Troy-Williams-enters-the-draft-early insurance. Welcome, OG!

  • Robert Weber

    “O.G.” is he best pair of initials I’ve ever seen.

  • JJ

    I love that IU doesn’t necessarily go after the one-and-done guys. I think they see an Oladipo-type that they can mold and let mature. Welcome to the program, O.G.!

  • ForeverIU

    Maybe we can get Victor to mentor him! Fellow Nigerian and son of a professor?

  • OhioHoosier

    Here is to hoping that:
    1. Troy will be here next year
    2. Troy will be mature enough and smart enough on the court to be a mentor to OG
    Overall I like this signing, I’m excited for OG and I have thought for a while we need another long athletic wing like Troy.

  • Benhyoung14

    Shocking

  • AnonymousDave

    Super excited about this kid. 6 ft 8 with a plus 5 wingspan is a rarity by itself, add that with athleticism, a two way player who can play inside and out and you’re potentially talking about a truly special player in the long run. Now he is gonna need some work and a willingness to learn, but having a father with a PhD I highly doubt that’ll be an issue. Unless we have a mass exodus at the end of this season then he shouldn’t be relied on to be anymore than a role player next season, which will give him time to grow his skill set and add muscle. Yeah I’m stoked.

  • Hardwood83

    I think IU goes after them- but other schools pay much better. Yep, I went there.

    I tend to agree though, pull in high character guys with high upside, add an occasional 1-2 & done, mix in some hard work and voila! National Champs.

  • They go after the no play in 3 guys

  • As long as we don’t schedule Waynesville this could be a solid pick up.

  • IUDan

    Stop now

  • Freethrows

    I agree, he will advance a lot from year to year. We are starting to get enough bigs to allow him time to develop.

  • Drew

    Welcome aboard, O.G.! Can’t wait to see you don the candy stripes next season. I am still holding out hope for Zimmerman, but man would I really love a commitment from Thomas Bryant now.

  • Crazy Chester

    This kid looks solid, but we all know 3 star players don’t win championships. We need to be signing 4 and 5 star kids, and recruiting against top programs if we want to be a top program again.

  • aubreyhouse

    great observation !

  • Welcome to IU OG

  • HoosierGrampy

    Look at the roster: 13 on scholarship + 2 walk-ons = NCAA limit of 15. Ferrell/Williams may jump. No one else close right now. Morgan = currently oversignee #1. Anunoby = #2. Still have offers out on Bryant, Milton and Zimmerman. No guarantee anyone is going to leave. Something’s gotta give…

  • HoosierGrampy

    If TC keeps this process up long enough, we may never see a Senior for Senior Night again. Victor took 3 years to get right. If April, Priller, Hoetzel, and/or Holt take that long to refine their respective “game”, who leaves early to make room for the 2015 signees? I know it’s early in the game. Think it’s a bit ironic that the very players we are hoping will add depth to the frontcourt this year are the same people who will be asked to “move along” come March/April.

  • HoosierGrampy

    I hear John Conlee in the background singing, “These Rose Colored Glasses”…

  • HoosierGrampy

    And our second over-sign…with more to follow?

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Don’t confuse my enthusiasm for OG’s commitment for an endorsement of oversigning. OG is only taking what’s offered him; it’s not his fault that we’ll have one or more folks from this year’s team not on next year’s team.

  • Freethrows

    They can also use other scholarships to stretch the 13 they have. Somebody on the team must qualify for academic scholarship, so they don’t need a full one. The walk ons can be called “managers.”

  • Freethrows

    Not everyone needs a full scholarships. Golf teams have used partial scholarships for years. For example, say Nick earns an academic scholarship that pays for half his tuition, he only needs half an academic scholarship. Give the other half to this other player and stretch 13 into 15 players playing for free tuition. The walk ons can be labeled “managers.” I can’t say all this is possible, but my points illustrate the creativity that the Coach has at his disposal. Don’t worry.

  • Freethrows

    Did Duke, KU and Kansas fight us for Calbert? No? Then I guess we should have rejected him. Sure, he was POY but we didn’t win a title, so it was a mistake.

  • FinEndNow

    So… we’re really going big I guess… I know it is college ball and SF’s play PF but I’d like to see this kid get the chance to play the 3. Who was the last 6-8 SF we had? We always have 6-4 SF’s. Next year if we could put a Yogi, JBJ, OJ, Morgan, Hanner lineup on the floor.. I wouldn’t be mad. We’re getting some height finally and I like that.. Thomas Bryant would be a great get now. 2016 is going to have to be a mixed position class. Thon Maker and TJ leaf still need to be our top targets along with some good guards.

  • FinEndNow

    I also want to see OG be allowed to wear his headband.

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    Man, if Crean can land Thon, I’ll faint. That’d be a recruiting coup.

  • Ole Man

    I’d like to see Holt out there.

  • Ole Man

    Troy will be here next year.

  • Ole Man

    Neither Yogi or Troy are going anywhere.

  • Bryce Kepner

    Academic scholarships still count. The idea has been presented before. But I will still give you points for creativity

  • Bryce Kepner

    Butler went to the National Championship game two years in a row, Im sure they would beg to differ that you can’t win with 3 stars. Sure they didn’t win, but they made it there. ratings don’t matter. Every year mid major schools make it deep into the tournament

  • Bryce Kepner

    Me too, and I definitely think we will

  • HoosierGrampy

    I’d take the offer, too, if I were him. TC’s creating this somewhat awkward situation; it will be his to resolve. BTW, do you know of any other D1 coach who over-signs to this extent? I’m not aware of any…perhaps going 1 over = good. Past that = open for discussion.

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    Brad Stevens may have had a Lil’ to do with that . . .

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    Do you distill that stuff yourself?! Lol