WEIGHT: 250 POUNDS
PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: LATE FIRST/ EARLY 2ND ROUND/ RISING UP DRAFT BOARDS
PLAYER SUMMARY: UCLA had a great season led by Lonzo Ball and T.J. Leaf. The 3rd player among the 2016 highly touted recruiting class was Ike Anigbogu. The 5-star recruit averaged 4.7pts and 4 rebounds per game.
While the stats don’t stand out, the center is receiving a lot of buzz among NBA scouts at the time of the writing of this profile. Anigbogu is a very good athlete for a player his size. His best attributes are his rebounding and shot-blocking ability. He was one of the top centers coming out of the class of 2016 because he has shown potential to be an impact player on the defensive end.
Anigbogu is raw offensively. He scored his points in college mainly on dunks and put-backs. He will need to develop a mid-range jumper and low-post offensive moves if he is going to reach his potential.
In our opinion, Anigbogu should have stayed in college and dominated as a sophomore. Instead, he is taking a chance that an NBA team will pick him in the 1st round where the guaranteed money is. He is a few years away from being in an NBA rotation full time, in our opinion. However, he does have a lot of “upside” and teams are warming up to him. Down the road, he has the physical traits to become a solid back-up center, possibly even more.
BELOW IS IKE ANIGBOGU’S 2016 HIGH SCHOOL PLAYER PROFILE
PLAYER SUMMARY: UCLA Head Coach Steve Alford knew that he needed to hit the recruiting trail hard after a down season. He landed 5-star point guard Lonzo Ball and 5-star power forward T.J. Leaf. Alford wasn’t done as he landed another 5-star player in Center Ike Anigbogu. These 3 players are the future of the Bruins program and will be leaned on heavily during the upcoming 2016-17 season. The Bruins have a top 10 ranked recruiting class for 2016.
Ike Anigbogu is one of the top 5 high school centers in the country and most likely will be in the starting lineup from day 1 of next season. The first thing that came to our minds when evaluating Anigbogu is “rebounding machine”. He might possibly be the best rebounder in the entire 2016 high school class. He is also shows elite shot-blocking skills. UCLA has had problems the past 2 seasons with front-court play and the arrival of T.J. Leaf and Anigbogu is huge.
The 6’10” center has a big wing-span that is shown when blocking shots and rebounding. For a big-man he runs the floor extremely well, often out-hustling opposing defenders down the floor. We were really impressed with his high energy level. He seems to really enjoy himself out on the basketball floor, something that Steve Alford must surely get excited about. He is very aggressive on both ends of the court and while we look at that as a positive he can earn cheap fouls by doing this. The center shows a nice little touch from around 5-7 feet.
Anigbogu scores most of his points on dunks and the previously mentioned 5-7 foot jumper. He doesn’t have very good shooting mechanics and will need a lot of work just to become an average shooter. He needs to work on developing a post move and improving footwork. At this point in his development his footwork and post moves are both below average and to be considered an offensive threat at the college level, he must be able to improve in these areas of his game.
Our overall opinion of Ike Anibogu is that he will have an instant presence at rebounding the basketball right away at UCLA. He will be a good shot-blocker. We consider him one of the top rebounders and overall defensive players in the class of 2016. His offensive game needs an overhaul. He lacks a go to move and needs to re-fix his shooting mechanics. However, UCLA will love his ability to rebound the basketball and will be a big presence at the defensive end. Anigbogu already has a body that looks like a college senior so strength should not be a concern. While his offense game is clearly a work in progress his elite rebounding ability will be of great value to the 2016-17 UCLA Bruins.
BELOW ARE HIGHLIGHTS OF IKE ANIGBOGU AT UCLA
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