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Report: OG Anunoby declares for NBA Draft



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Sophomore forward OG Anunoby drives for the basket that led to a dunk during the Countdown Classic against Louisville on Dec. 31. Anunoby will reportedly declare for the 2017 NBA Draft and hire an agent.  Rebecca Mehling Buy Photos

Sophomore forward OG Anunoby appears to be moving on from IU.

After missing the final 15 games of this season with a knee injury, Anunoby will reportedly enter the 2017 NBA draft and hire an agent, according to Jeff Goodman of ESPN.

Anunoby will lose his amateur status by hiring an agent and forgo his final two years of college 
eligibility.

He was named a preseason All-American by The Sporting News but only played in 16 games due to injuries.

He suffered a season-ending injury on Jan. 18 in a win at Penn State.

Anunoby ended the season averaging 11.1 points and 5.4 rebounds per game while adding 21 blocks and 21 steals.

He scored 16 points and gathered five rebounds and two blocks in IU’s win against then-No. 3 North Carolina at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in November.

Anunoby is currently projected as the No. 15 overall pick in the latest mock draft from Draft Express.

He’s also rated as the No. 1 overall sophomore available in the draft and the No. 2 overall prospect from the Big Ten, behind Michigan State freshman forward Miles Bridges and ahead of Purdue sophomore forward Caleb Swanigan.

The 6-foot-8 Anunoby has the ability to lock down on defense with his length and is also evolving on offense.

He broke onto the scene at the end of his freshman season by scoring 21 points in IU’s two NCAA Tournament wins over Chattanooga and Kentucky.

Anunoby is the first player IU will lose under new head coach Archie Miller.

Junior guard James Blackmon Jr. is also expected to declare for the NBA draft but it is believed he won’t sign an agent.

Sophomore center Thomas Bryant is also considering his basketball future, although he is projected to be a second round pick by Draft Express.

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