Ike
Anigbogu
Position: C
Height/Weight: 6'10" / 252 lbs
School/Club: UCLA
Status: Freshman
Birthday: October 22, 1998

About Ike Anigbogu

When NBA scouts evaluate Anigbogu and his Draft worthiness, they don’t have much to go on. Injuries and UCLA’s glut of talent in the frontcourt limited the freshman’s minutes, but when he got on the floor, he gave tantalizing glimpses of his talent. Statistically, his body of work in his only season in Los Angeles was threadbare. That means the team that drafts Anigbogu will have to project, based on his physical gifts, his intelligence, his willingness to be coached. It’s not hard to see a future where Anigbogu becomes an everyday contributor on the defensive end, but his offensive game lags behind—for now.

Strengths

  • 7-6 wingspan
  • NBA body
  • Excellent athlete
  • Motor
  • Shot blocker
  • Excels on the offensive boards
  • Strength
  • Power dunker
  • Intelligent

Weaknesses

  • Post game needs work
  • Needs to develop reliable jump shot
  • Not a good free-throw shooter
  • Foul prone

NBA projection: Draft analysts have mixed opinions about Anigbogu. Some believe he’ll be taken in the first round, others believe he’ll fall into the second.

2016-17 Season
Arthroscopic knee surgery in the fall forced Anigbogu to miss UCLA’s first five games, and when he returned, he was stuck behind some talented big men (Thomas Welsh, T.J. Leaf). He also missed two games later in the season because of knee pain and a sprained foot. Though Anigbogu didn’t get to play all that much, he still managed to finish second on the team in blocked shots and fourth in rebounding.

Key statistics: 4.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 0.8 tpg, 1.2 bpg, 13.0 mpg, .564 FG, .535 FT

Career Highlights: Second on UCLA in blocks as a freshman (1.2/gm). Rated as a five-star recruit by both Scout.com and Rivals as a high school senior.

Cool statistic: Anigbogu blocked 15 shots in his first six games. He finished with 35.

Reminds me of: Bismack Biyombo

What Insiders Say
UCLA coach Steve Alford

“He’s a shot blocker, a rebounder and can run the floor well. We’ve got high hopes for him.”

What Outsiders Say
NBA scout
“He had injuries that contributed to not playing. You can really just base it on his physical traits, the physical things he does well. Athletically, he’s off the charts. He’s got great feet, explosive, really good quickness. But he has to develop his skills … not that they’re bad, but right now he’s an energy guy. But he has superior athleticism.”

 

Chris Dortch is the editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. You can email him here, follow him on Twitter and listen to the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Hour.

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