As has been widely expected in NBA circles for some time, Indiana sophomore forward OG Anunoby will sign with an agent and stay in the draft.
That was confirmed to Peegs.com a while ago and reported nationally today.
Listed at 6-foot-8 and 225 pounds, Anunoby is currently recovering from major knee surgery performed in January. Anunoby suffered the knee injury Jan. 18 at Penn State.
In 2017-18, Anunoby played in 16 games, averaging 11.1 points and 5.4 rebounds. He shot 31 percent from the arc and 56 percent overall.
Anunoby is projected to be a first-round NBA draft pick, which means a guaranteed contract.
What makes Anunoby so appealing to the NBA are his physical makeup, his potential to defend multiple positions, rebound and score from the arc, in time.
Here is what an NBA scout told Peegs.com about Anunoby:
“It’s just all potential, all potential. He’s got the body. He shows flashes with his explosiveness and athleticism. But he’s a player development dream because of what he could be.
“His soft touch and feel for the game are special since he hasn’t played that long. He could be a real steal.
“That being said, he’s still unproven. He had a few really good games at the end of last year. He played somewhat well this year. I think expectations were a bit too high.
“He’s still like a baby horse out there, a young colt. He’s got a long way to go, but the upside — and I hate to even use that word — but the upside is really there.”