It happens every summer. A kid will enter the July recruiting periods with a
few mid-major offers and will leave the month with several high-major offers. It
happens for a variety of reasons, whether the kid is playing on a team that
doesn't get enough exposure, not getting playing time, or an injury kept them
off the circuit.
For O.G. Anunoby, he missed a few months during the spring with a
broken wrist. Now fully healed, the 6-foot-8 forward went out and had a very
productive July playing for Team Thad and saw his recruitment take off in recent
weeks. He now holds five high-major offers with a few others showing varying
levels of interest.
Kansas State, Drake and Missouri
State the most," Anunoby said. "Those have all offered. Northwestern,
Indiana was among the first to extend an offer to Anunoby and they recently
hosted him for an unofficial visit.
"I think very highly of Indiana's program. I like how they develop their players
like Victor Oladippo and Christian Watford. I talk to coach Crean and coach
McClain a lot."
Kevin Stallings' ability to develop players intrigues Anunoby.
"I like Vanderbilt's coaching staff. Guys like Jeffrey Taylor, Festus Ezeli and
John Jenkins, I like how they developed them. They are in a good conference
Georgia head coach Mark Fox and assistant coach
Philip Pearson have made a
strong impression the three-star forward.
"I like Georgia. I really the coaching staff there. I really like coach Fox and
coach Pearson. They have had Travis Leslie, Trey Thompkins and Kentavious
Caldwell-Pope all get drafted."
Fran McCaffery's staff and the system they run at Iowa have also caught Anunoby's
"I like the coaching staff and their playing style a lot. I like the way they
developed Devyn Marble."
Even though Anunoby just started to see his recruitment take off, don't expect
him to take too much longer before coming to a decision on where he'll play
college basketball. He'd like to get out of the way very soon.
"I want to make my decision soon, by September. I'll probably take a few visits
before I commit. I want to visit Indiana, Vanderbilt, Iowa and Georgia for sure.
I think I'll visit those before I commit. I might visit Kansas State, Wake
Forest or Northwestern if they offer."
When it comes time to sit down and make a decision, Anunoby knows exactly what
he'll be looking for in a school.
"Academics will be a factor, but I don't think it will be the biggest factor.
Relationship with the coaching staff, player development, and playing time as a
freshman will be the big factors."
Dan McDonald is a contributing national basketball recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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