6’10” 250 LBS F
29 G | 13.0 MPG | 4.7 PPG | 56.4 FG% | 53.5 FT% | 4.0 RPG | 35 BLK
• Used exclusively as a reserve in relatively limited action, Anigbogu faced an uphill climb for playing time dating back to the very beginning of UCLA’s season. The freshman sustained a meniscus tear in late October, and subsequently sat out for most of November. Upon his return, Anigbogu assumed a back-up five-man role behind starting mainstay Thomas Welsh, who’s also thrown his name into this year’s draft.
• When he was on the court, Anigbogu showed signs of promising potential, particularly near the rim. The Southern California native’s 1.2 blocks per game ranked ninth in the Pac-12, a figure made that much more impressive given his average of a mere 13.0 minutes per game. Anigbogu’s block rate soared when measured on a per-40 minute basis, ballooning to 3.7.
Against Michigan December 10th, the freshman swatted aside what ended up being a career-best four shots.
Offensively, Anigbogu relied on his strength to finish effectively around the hoop, and benefited from UCLA’s stellar point guard play, which was fueled by Lonzo Ball.
• A few other statistics further underscored Anigbogu’s defensive impact. He limited opponents to only 0.67 points scored per possession, and held players to just 32.4 percent shooting from the field, according to Synergy Sports.
Did You Know?:
Anigbogu put up some noteworthy numbers during the anthropometric testing stage of the NBA’s draft combine. Despite weighing in at 252 pounds, fourth among all prospects in attendance, he also proved to be one of the leaner players who traveled to Chicago, with his body fat measuring at 5.40%. Anigbogu tied for the longest hand length at the combine (9.5”), and posted the second-longest wingspan (7’6.25”).
Quote of Note:
“Ike quickly made a huge impact within our program and will be a tremendous addition to any team at the next level. We’re really going to miss him, his sense of humor and that seemingly shy smile that hides how fiery of a competitor he is. He’s worked very hard both on the court and in the classroom while at UCLA and has made tremendous strides. Ike is a terrific young man with limitless potential at the professional level, and I cannot wait to watch him continue to grow as a player and a person in the years to come.” – UCLA head coach Steve Alford, espn.com [4/5/2017]