Indiana Hoosiers’ OG Anunoby, who is a projected lottery pick, suffered a serious knee injury in Wednesday night’s win over Penn State — and is out indefinitely according to Head Coach Tom Crean following this post-game statement.
OG sustained a knee injury in this past Wednesday night’s game against Penn State and is in the midst of ongoing medical evaluations,” Crean said in an emotional interview Friday. “He will be out indefinitely. On behalf of OG and our entire program, we thank you for all of the support and well wishes that have been sent his way.
Anunoby suffered the injury in the first-half of Wednesday’s buzzer-beater win. He wasn’t grabbing a rebound before his knee buckled underneath him. After further testing, it was decided that he would need surgery. This was from a press release that was announced Friday by the school. He is expected to make a full-recovery, but these kind of injuries are always the most uncertain in sports.
A wing-player, who relies on athleticism, Anunoby was drawing comparisons to San Antonio Spurs superstar Kawhi Leonard. Both players are “late bloomers” who are long, athletic and have defensive prowess. With Anunoby’s game being centered around his athleticism, it will be important for him to show teams that he is fully healthy, and has also regained his bounce and first step.
The Hoosiers (14-6, 3-3 in the Big Ten) have had an up-and-down season like no one else in college hoops. They started off strong with huge wins over some top-five teams in North Carolina and Kansas, but quickly lost four out of five games (including three straight) in a 15-day stretch. Anunoby was flanked by another potential lottery pick in forward Thomas Bryant, and a possible first rounder in guard James Blackman. But without Anunoby’s defense and slashing ability, it will be tough for Indiana to overcome his injury with a rigorous conference schedule.
According to DraftExpress, Anunoby was projected to go 10th in the upcoming Draft, and is rated as the 10th best prospect, and also the third best small forward. The profile highlights his defense, athleticism and slashing ability as to where he can be a serious force at the rim. For the season, the stud sophomore was averaging 11.1 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.