OG Anunoby’s time at Indiana appears to be over.
Despite missing most of Big Ten play with a knee injury, Anunoby is expected to declare for the NBA Draft and hire an agent, according to a report Monday from ESPN. By hiring an agent, Anunoby will lose his amateur status and forego his final two years of college eligibility.
In the latest mock draft at Draft Express, Anunoby is projected as the No. 15 overall pick. The same service ranks Anunoby as the No. 1 overall sophomore available and the No. 2 overall NBA prospect in the Big Ten — behind Michigan State’s Miles Bridges and ahead of Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan.
Considered a preseason All-American by The Sporting News, Anunoby played in 16 games, including the only 10 starts of his college career. His season — and IU playing career — ended moments before halftime of IU’s Jan. 18 win at Penn State when he collapsed to the court with a knee injury.
Anunoby ended the year averaging 11.1 points and 5.4 rebounds, blocking 21 shots and recording 21 steals.
After new coach Archie Miller inherited a roster crunch with 16 players in the mix for 13 scholarships, Anunoby is the first player to leave.
James Blackmon Jr. is also expected to officially declare for the draft, but it is not believed he plans to sign an agent. Thomas Bryant is also considering whether he will declare for the NBA Draft, though his stock his not nearly as high as it was this time last year.
The early-entry deadline for players to declare is April 23. The NBA Draft Combine will be held May 9 through 14, and those who declare and retain their amateur status have until May 24 to withdraw from the draft pool and return to school.
Even with his injury last season, Anunoby’s length, defensive ability and offensive upside make him a coveted NBA prospect.
And after two short years in Bloomington, Anunoby appears ready to tap into that potential at the next level.