6’8” 215 LBS F
16 G | 25.1 MPG | 11.1 PPG | 55.7 FG% | 31.1 3FG% | 56.3 FT% | 5.4 RPG | 1.3 SPG | 1.3 BPG
• One of the highest-projected multi-year collegians in this year’s draft class, Anunoby capitalized on an expanded role in his second season at Indiana. After logging just 13.7 minutes as a rookie, his playing time increased to 25.1 minutes per game as a sophomore. Anunoby’s output underwent a corresponding boost, as his scoring jumped by more than 6.0 points per game, and his rebounding by nearly 3.0.
• Anunoby’s solid campaign ended prematurely, when he sustained a right knee injury in a January 18th visit to Penn State. He subsequently needed surgery, from which he continues to rehab. Nonetheless, Anunoby still traveled to Chicago to attend the NBA Draft Combine. Based on the tweet below, his progress seems to be moving in a positive direction.
• In 10 of his 16 appearances this season, Anunoby converted 50.0 percent of his field goal attempts, or better. He reached double-figures 10 times, and generated one double-double. From an efficiency standpoint, Anunoby produced 1.05 points per possession, one of the better rates in the country, according to Synergy Sports.
• There was one particular aspect of Anunoby’s offensive game that seemed to change this season, and that was the frequency with which he shot the three-ball. On the heels of taking 29 3-point attempts (he made 13, for 44.8%) in 34 tilts as a freshman, he lifted 45 triple tries in 16 games as a sophomore. He canned 14, for 31.1%, but notably connected on 38.9% of his catch-and-shoot opportunities, per Synergy Sports.
• Throughout the year, Anunoby had little problem finishing at the rim, as shown here in this 14-point outing versus Louisville.
Did You Know?:
In the eyes of some draft experts, Anunoby really began to turn the heads of NBA scouts during the 2016 post-season, which saw him turn in several strong efforts. He tallied 13 points in a B1G Tournament loss to Michigan, then racked up 23 points on 10 for 15 shooting in three NCAA Tournament games.
Quote of Note:
“I have enjoyed my time at Indiana and after thinking this over with my family, I believe this is the best decision for me personally. I will always be grateful to [former Indiana] Coach [Tom] Crean, his staff, and especially my teammates for two of the best years of my life.” – Anunoby, iuhoosiers.com (4/11/2017)