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UCLA Frosh Ike Anigbogu: Modern NBA Big Man

Author: W. Dawkins
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One-and-done UCLA freshman Ike Anigbogu is an athletic big who is well-suited for today’s NBA.


“The intrigue with Anigbogu starts with his excellent frame, standing 6-10 with long arms, an excellent standing reach, and a strong lower body,” reads Draftexpress.com’s evaluation of Anigbogu. “He’s also quick on his feet, fast off the ground, changes direction well, has a very quick second jump, and brings a consistently high energy level, providing him with many of the attributes that NBA teams look for in the modern NBA big man.”


The 6-10, 250-pound forward/center was second on UCLA in blocks and fourth in rebounding this season, averaging 4.7 points, 4 boards, and 1.2 blocks in only 13 minutes a game.


Anigbogu helped lead the Bruins to a 31-5 record (15-3 Pac-12) and the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 this year.


Despite his meager numbers, Anigbogu possesses tremendous upside.


“He is physically imposing, difficult to move, and has an incredibly long reach,” writes Blazersedge.com’s David MacKay. “He is capable of affecting shots around the basket as well as corralling rebounds from even the most errant missed shots.”


“Always active on the glass, Anigbogu can salvage a broken play or finish strong when given the ball by design,” MacKay adds. “He is a popular target for lobs and moves well in transition for a player his size. At just 18 years old, he is raw but moldable.”


According to Draftexpress, Anigbogu will be the No. 17 pick in the 2017 Draft.



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