On Monday morning, multiple sites began reporting that OG Anunoby had declared for the 2017 NBA Draft. The reports noted that Anunoby had opted to sign an agent, meaning that he will officially be departing from Bloomington this offseason.
Since Anunoby arrived on campus, Indiana has seen a mix of success and failure. During his first season, Indiana had a rough start, but ended up winning the Big Ten regular season title and making the Sweet 16. Unfortunately, last year wasn’t as kind, as the team ended up playing in the NIT.
As a recruit, Anunoby was viewed as an underwhelming prospect, but a player with a lot of long-term potential. He was rated as a three-star prospect by 247Sports and was ranked as just the No. 280 player nationally. He joined a top 30 recruiting class for Indiana that also featured Thomas Bryant.
During the last two seasons, Anunoby has been a bit of a “tease” for Hoosier fans. He played in 34 games as a freshman, but averaged just 13.7 minutes a game and only hit the 20-minute mark four times. However, he showed some serious flashes, particularly in the team’s two NCAA Tournament wins.
As a sophomore, Anunoby started off well, but was sidelined with injury for much of the year. Ultimately, he only played in 16 games all season. It’s worth noting that Indiana went 10-6 in those matchups.
For Hoosier fans, Anunoby is going to go down as one of the biggest “what ifs” in Indiana basketball history. His potential as a player was always sky high, but he was never able to translate that into consistent production at the college level. Perhaps, he’ll have more luck in the NBA.