Ike Anigbogu is a big commitment for UCLA. What makes the 2016 center such a good prospect?
's third commitment of the 2016 class may end up being the most valuable in terms of longterm impact on the Bruins' program.
, a 6-foot-9, 225-pound center from Corona (Calif.) Centennial, committed to UCLA on Thursday night.
While the Bruins already have a pledge from point guard Lonzo Ball
, the five-star prospect is planning on being one-and-done. Anigbogu will likely take a bit more time and should give the Bruins a physical, defensive presence inside for several years.
What kind of prospect is UCLA getting in Anigbogu?
After a junior season that saw Anigbogu make ridiculous progress from November to March, you could make the argument that he is the top center prospect on the west in 2016.
With an Oct. 1998 birthday, Anigbogu is extremely young for his class and should be a 2017 prospect. Adding that factor into his evaluation only increases his stock.
Anigbogu has a terrific frame with wide shoulders, long arms and is a very good athlete. He's got decent and improving hands along with good feet considering his size.
After entering his junior season very raw, by the end of it Anigbogu was playing with a confidence and skill that far surpassed anything he showed months ago.
He didn't have a go-to move offensively in November but by March had a consistent right-handed hook shot, significantly improved touch and a drop step. He has a very strong lower body that he's just starting to learn how to use.
As much as Anigbogu has improved offensively, he's much better on defense. His size, length and athleticism makes him a high level rim protector and defensive rebounder.
He's become way more fundamentally sound as he's gained experience and has done a better job avoiding foul trouble. Anigbogu is relatively new to the game and is just now starting to dedicate himself fully which explains some of that progress.
He has elite prospect potential and given what he brings to the table defensively and his upside offensively. It's a very big commitment for the Bruins.