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Indiana on Tuesday landed a pledge from 6-foot-8 forward Ogugua Anunoby, who also considered Georgia, Iowa and Ole Miss.
Anunoby, out of Jefferson City (Mo.) High School, joins Juwan Morgan in Tom Crean’s 2015 class.
He is ranked No. 194 in the 247, but Team Thad coach Norton Hurd said his upside is “extremely high.”
“His upside, he’s top 10 [or] top 5 in having the most upside in that class,” Hurd said. “He’s a versatile guy that can play the 2 through 4. He’s 6-8 with a 7-1 wingspan. He’s crazy athletic. He can touch the top of the square. He’s really good at the midrange [jumper] and can stretch the floor with the 3.”
Hurd saidCrean saw the big man while recruiting other Team Thad players like Nick Marshall (Memphis), Jaylen Fisher and LaGerald Vick.
“[Crean] was a fan of the kid,” Hurd said. “He said he reminds him of Victor Oladipo. Crean just came in with no assistants. He was the first to set the trigger of and the kid always appreciated the belief that Tom Crean had in him.”
Indiana is also in the mix for Owasso (OK) shooting guard Shake Milton, who will announce Wednesday for Indiana, SMU or Oklahoma.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.