OG Anunoby Biography
Ogugua “OG” Anunoby Jr. is a British basketball player born in London, England that played for Indiana University. Though he was born in England, OG spent the majority of his years growing in the United States. played the forward position for the Hoosiers for two seasons between 2015 and 2017. He was known at Indiana University for his ability to defend all positions on the floor as well as his stoic and terse demeanor. While playing for Jefferson City High School in Missouri, OG was recruited by coach Tom Crean. Ranked as the 294th player in the 2015 class, OG Anunoby was not heavily recruited out of high school, but did have other high major offers in addition to his offer to play at Indiana. In the 2017 NBA Draft, OG Anunoby was selected 23rd overall in the first round by the Toronto Raptors.
- Name: Ogugua “OG” Anunoby Jr.
- Position: Small Forward
- Age: 24 years old
- Birthday: July 17th, 1997
- Nationality: British
- Hometown: London, England
- High School: Jefferson City High School (Jefferson City, Missouri)
- Height: 6’8″ (203 cm)
- Weight: 232 lb (105 kg)
- Wingspan: 7’2″ (219 cm)
- Seasons: 2 (2015-2016, 2016-2017)
- Jersey: #3
- Current Team: Toronto Raptors
- Current Salary: 3 year / $5.9 million
- NBA Draft: 2017 / 1st Round / 23rd Pick
- Education: Sports Marketing and Minor in Business
Awards and Accolades
- 2019 NBA Champion (Toronto Raptors)
OG Anunoby’s High School Recruiting Profile
OG Anunoby was a 3-star SF recruit from Jefferson City High School in Jefferson City, Missouri. The 6’8″ forward was one of the most under-ranked players in the 2015 class as he was ranked 294th overall by 247Sports’ composite ranking. In additional to the offer from Tom Crean and Indiana University, OG also held offers from fellow Big Ten school Iowa. Georgia, Georgia Mason, and Ole Miss also offered Anunoby.
- 247 Composite Ranking: 3-Star (0.8333)
- Rivals: Unranked
- 247 Sports: Unranked
- ESPN: Unranked
OG Anunoby’s High School (Jefferson City) Career
In high school, OG Anunoby played for his hometown high school Jefferson City and his family moved to Missouri due to his father, Dr. Anunoby, receiving a new job in the educational field. As a Jefferson City Jay, OG Anunoby averaged 19.6 points per game at the forward position.
Under coach Blair Thompson, OG Anunoby helped the Jefferson City Jays finish with a winning record in the 2013-2014 season with a final record of 13-11-0. In his junior year, OG averaged nearly a double-double per game with 21.3 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 3.4 blocks averages. OG shot an impressive 44% from behind the arc during his junior year as well.
OG Anunoby suffered a wrist injury in February of 2014, which ended his high school season and cut his AAU career short as well. OG Anunoby had accumulated 19.1 points per game and 8.6 rebounds per game during his senior season. Jefferson City finished with an 18-8-0 record and would eventually lose to Blue Springs South in the Class 5 Sections.
When OG Anunoby finished his high school career, he was nominated as one of the Mr. Basketball finalists for the state of Missouri. OG Anunoby also participated in the Derby Festival Classic alongside his Indiana recruiting class of Juwan Morgan and Thomas Bryant. Anunoby was named as the “Fan Favorite” of the event.
OG Anunoby’s Seasons with the Hoosiers
27-8 (15-3 Big Ten)
🏅 NCAA Sweet Sixteen
18-16 (7-11 Big Ten)
🏅 NIT First Round
Indiana University Career Statistics
(Source: Indiana University Athletics)
OG Anunoby’s Indiana University Basketball Career
OG Anunoby’s did not have significant notoriety when he first arrived to campus in Bloomington. Recruited by head coach Tom Crean, who has been known to identify highly underrated players, OG Anunoby showed early glimpses of athleticism. As a three-star prospect or unrated by many recruiting services, analysts had a difficult time projecting OG Anunoby’s career at Indiana University.
During his freshman year, OG Anunoby showed his effectiveness in using his 6-foot-8 frame and his 7-foot-2 wingspan. As the season progressed, coach Tom Crean began incorporating OG Anunoby more and more, even as a freshman. Specifically, OG was brought in for his abilities defensively. More important than his highlight reel of dunks, Anunoby’s ability to move with quick guards and jam passing lanes with his inherent size allowed him to stay on the floor and appear in 34 games during his freshman season.
No game was more important for the Hoosiers than their matchup with Kentucky in the Round of 32 in the 2016 NCAA tournament, where OG had 7 points, 3 rebounds, 2 points, and an assist. He defend three positions including guards Jamal Murray and Tyler Ulis at critical points in the game. The Hoosiers won the contest 73-67, which earned them a trip to Philadelphia to play against North Carolina.
In the preseason of OG Anunoby’s sophomore year, he was named as an All-American by the Sporting News. The attention he received from his 2016 NCAA Tournament appearances also began building hype around his ability at the next level. OG Anunoby was on a high rise on various NBA mock drafts and draft boards.
The Hoosiers opened the season strong with a victory in Hawaii against a number-three ranked Kansas Jayhawks team in the 2016 Armed Forces Classic.
After playing in 16 games, where he started in 10 contests, OG Anunoby suffered a season-ending and IU career-ending injury at Penn State on January 18, 2017. Anunoby injured his right knee while vying for defensive position and he would eventually have to get surgery in New York to repair the damage.
At the time OG was averaging 11.1 points per game and 5.4 rebounds per game. He also had 21 blocks and 21 steals in his 16 games.
In April of 2017, OG Anunoby would announce his intention to declare for the 2017 NBA Draft, formally ending his Indiana University and collegiate career.
OG Anunoby’s Career after IU
Toronto Raptors (2017-Present)
OG Anunoby played an immediate role for the Toronto Raptors after being drafted in the first round of the 2017 NBA draft. He had his first career start in the NBA against the Houston Rockets, where Anunoby finished with 16 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 steal. Among rookies, he began to climb in the rankings on efficiency statistics, namely True Scoring Percentage and Turnover-to-Assist ratio for non-guards.
In the 2019 Rising Stars Challenge, an event that is held prior to the NBA All-Star game, OG Anunoby was a member of the World Team. Anunoby recorded 12 points and 2 rebounds during that event.
In 2019, the Toronto Raptors would once again advance to the NBA playoffs; however, OG Anunoby had to go through an emergency appendectomy surgery, which would hold him back in playing during the entire 2019 NBA Playoffs, including the NBA Finals where OG was activated.
Despite the loss in OG Anunoby’s services, the Eastern Conference would still be championed by the Toronto Raptors, largely behind the impressive play of Toronto’s SF Kahwi Leonard. After an exciting six-game series with the Western Conference’s Golden State Warriors in the 2019 NBA Finals, OG Anunoby and the Raptors were crowned as the 2019 NBA Champions. Anunoby was the first NBA Champion for the Indiana Hoosiers since Isiah Thomas.
OG Anunoby Professional Career Summary
- 2017 – Present: Toronto Raptors
OG Anunoby Personal Life
OG Anunoby has three siblings, including one sister (Ifeoma) and two brothers (Olisa and Chigbo). Athleticism runs in the Anunoby family as his older brother Chigbo played in the NFL as a defensive tackle, spending time with the Cleveland Browns, Tennessee Titans, and Minnesota Vikings.
OG Anunoby Videos and Highlights
Highlights in High School (Jefferson City High School)
Highlights as an Indiana Hoosier
Highlights in the NBA
Contributors: Rob Jiang, Photo: iuhoosiers.com