Anunoby Back at Iowa

Ogugua Anunoby returned this weekend to Iowa City for the second time in three months. The Class of 2015 forward from Jefferson City (MO) watched the Black and Gold Blowout and attended the Hawkeyes football game. He spoke with Hawkeye Insider about the trip, what he's hearing from the coaches and a few upcoming visits he's looking to take.

Ogugua Anunoby continued to familiarize himself with Iowa during a weekend trip to the school. It marked the second time in three months that the Class of 2015 forward stopped at the Big Ten institution.

The Jefferson City High product attended the Black and Gold Blowout basketball event Friday night in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The following day he looked on as the Hawkeyes defeated Northwestern in football.

"I enjoyed myself," Anunoby said. "I like the atmosphere."

Anunoby spent time talking with the Hawkeye coaches.

"They said they're going to come down and watch me this season," the 6-foot-7, 200-pounder said. "They said that they like me a lot."

Iowa still is evaluating Anunoby before offering a scholarship. Other schools are doing the same with the versatile forward.

"I need to show (college coaches) my shooting range and my ability to play on the perimeter," Anunoby said. "I also need to show my improved mid-post game, dribbling and lockdown defense."

Anunoby, who runs with the St. Louis Eagles in AAU, plans on visiting Northwestern and Missouri in the next few weeks. Jefferson City begins practice on Nov. 4 and opens the season a month later.

Iowa played host to a group of prospects during the Black and Gold Blowout. Anunoby said he spent most of his time with fellow '15s Evan Boudreaux and Anthony Bonner.

"I also got to meet some members of the (Iowa) team," Anunoby said. "I had already met Gabe (Olaseni) and Peter (Jok), so I got to talk to them again."

Only a high school junior, plenty of time remains for Anunoby in recruiting. He feels like he's making progress in that area, however, and visiting Iowa is a positive step in the right direction.

"I like Iowa a lot," Anunoby said. "It's really nice. The facilities, the atmosphere of the place, the fan support, I really enjoyed it all."


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