OG Anunoby’s season is done.
Indiana announced Friday that the sophomore forward will undergo season-ending surgery on his right knee after he planted awkwardly and had to leave Wednesday’s game at Penn State at halftime.
A specific diagnosis of Anunoby’s injury has not been revealed. IU coach Tom Crean said in a statement that Anunoby is expected to make a complete recovery.
“For a young man, OG has a very strong faith and a courageous spirit,” Crean said. “We are going to do everything as a basketball family to help him recover and rehabilitate from this unfortunate situation.”
Anunoby averaged 11.1 points and 5.4 rebounds, starting 10 of the 16 games he played. He also missed three games in early December after hurting his ankle in IU’s Nov. 30 win over North Carolina.
Considered the No. 10 NBA Draft prospect by DraftExpress.com, Anunoby appears to have the highest professional upside of anyone inside IU’s program.
For Anunoby, this season was all about creating a more well-rounded game, while transferring the explosion he showed in a reserve role as a freshman to more extended minutes as a sophomore.
Although Anunoby is adept at working the baseline, shoot 70 percent on his two-point attempts, the hope was that he would develop a quicker and more consistent shot from long and mid-range. Anunoby’s season ends with him having made only 14 of his 45 3-point attempts.
His valuable to the next level, whenever he decides to pursue that route, may be best felt on the defensive end, where Anunoby can guard a range of positions and often uses his length to his advantage. He made a career-high seven steals in Sunday’s win over Rutgers.
Once he returns from his recent foot injury, Juwan Morgan should take a chunk of Anunoby’s 25.1 minutes per game. The rest of those minutes are expected to be spread between De’Ron Davis, Freddie McSwain and Zach McRoberts, among others.