3 - OG Anunoby

6-7, 235 Small Forward/Power Forward
Indiana Sophomore
07/17/97 (26.7 yrs)
Jefferson City, MO
High School
Jefferson City
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Ball Handling

NBA Comparison: Kevon Looney

Strengths: Excellent wingspan (7’2.5”) for his size … Possesses the body control to get to and finish at the rim … Very capable of making an impact off of straight-line drives … Has an NBA-ready frame … Surprising lateral speed for a player with as much muscle mass as he shows … Defensive potential is his calling card … Already shows the signs of being a high-level defender … Can guard multiple positions on the court … Length could allow him to develop into a small-ball big in the future … Light on his feet on the perimeter … Disruptive defender, jumps passing lanes whenever he sees the opportunity … Was an interior presence defensively, especially as the weak side defender … Able to stay on the floor and block shots as a perimeter defender due to excellent reach … Possesses nice defensive instincts … Closes out well and under control on shooters … Flashed solid footwork understanding on the offensive end … Will make open or uncontested threes … Shot has a nice rotation and backspin on it, hits the rim softly … Sees and makes the extra pass … Monster on the offensive boards … Can keep possessions alive with rebounds and will convert second-chance opportunities into baskets …Very good cutter off the ball … Good at cutting back door. Looks for defender to turn head and then makes his baseline move to the lane … Ally oop threat, likely to make plenty of highlight plays on lob passes … His offensive numbers are misleading as he actually has very good potential as a shooter, if he can hone his ability in using deception to create looks …

Weaknesses: No real defined role offensively yet … A little bit stiff in his movements and running the floor … Thick legs … Doesn’t always exhibit an ideal level of intensity … Needs to work on his ability to create shots … Shot mechanics need some fine tuning as he has a bit of a slow release and seems to telegraph his shot too often … His motion gets sped up if a defender is too close to him … Shoots with minimal arc and not much rotation … Only shot 52 percent from the free throw line … Is not a strong ball handler, dribbles high and away from body … Can be very loose with the ball, especially with his off hand … Does not create his own offense … Won’t be an instant facilitator at the next level … Has trouble recognizing the open player as a playmaker … His effort was very up-and-down during his stint at Indiana … While he has the tools to become a quality defender, was slow at times reacting on defense … Late-bloomer so his basketball IQ needs some catching up …  Post skills are extremely raw and in need of refinement … While he shows solid attributes and potential as a rebounder, remains extremely unproven having averaged 2.6 and 5.4 rebounds per game over his FR and SO seasons … Is recovering from a torn ACL suffered in late January, which could cloud his draft stock …

Outlook: Hoping to capitalize on the substantial internet hype that he had generated, Anunoby entered the 2017 draft and signed with an agent, despite a disappointing season in which he suffered a torn ACL … After shutting down Kentucky freshman Jamal Murray in the Round of 32 in the 2016 NCAA Tournament, Anunoby became a hot name and one to watch for in the 2017 draft class … His numbers saw an uptick, but with his struggles in getting clean looks, his game didn’t change much before he ultimately went down with an injury … Had Tom Crean kept his job at IU, Anunoby likely would be back in Bloomington, IN … However, with him being young for his class (won’t turn 20 until September) and possessing the body and athletic profile that he does, he certainly possesses a lot of intrigue to teams … A bit of a tweener as he lacks a polished skill set, especially offensively at either forward position … At this point he’s a project, coming off a major injury … With proper development, Anunoby could become a valued asset in the modern NBA game …

Measured: 6′ 6.25” barefoot, 6′ 7.75” in shoes, 232.4 lbs, 7′ 2.25′ wingspan, and 8′ 11.5” standing reach at the 2017 NBA Draft Combine … Averaged 25 mpg, 11.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 56.3 FT%, 31.1 3P%, 55.7 FG% in 16 games as a sophomore … Measured 6’6.5 without shoes, 243 lbs, 7’2.5 wingspan, and a 8’10.5 standing reach in the summer of 2016 …

Brandon Jefferson 5/8/17

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