Per Jon Rothstein this morning, one of the shortest, strangest — but most valuable — Indiana careers in history is coming to an end. OG Anunoby is headed to the NBA, and he’ll sign with an agent ahead of this June’s NBA Draft, making him ineligible to pull his name out at a later date.
Indiana's OG Anunoby will sign with an agent and enter the 2017 NBA Draft, per a source. #iubb— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) April 10, 2017
It’s a big, but expected loss for Indiana. OG, even post-injury, seems to be the kind of player destined to be a sure-fire first round selection — thanks to his defense. He’ll be able to plug in for any contender as a 3-and-D type wing and play rotation minutes almost immediately. No one’s drafting him to score en volume early.
It’s worth wondering where Indiana basketball might be today had he not injured his knee against Penn State this season — Anunoby’s ACL injury might have been the final nail in the coffin for Tom Crean. But he’ll still leave Bloomington as the X-Factor that truly elevated the 2016 Hoosiers to a Big Ten Championship and shut down Kentucky’s Jamal Murray en route to the Sweet Sixteen that season.
DraftExpress projects Anunoby to be selected 15th to Miami -- the first pick out of the lottery in their latest Mock Draft.