Four Hoosiers players have declared for the 2017 NBA draft, though only OG Anunoby has hired an agent and will for certain leave school. What do scouts think of IU’s draft-eligible players and what are the chances any return to school? Matthew Gleneks / Wochit
OG Anunoby won’t be back, but what about IU’s other players to put their names into the draft.(Photo: IndyStar photos)Buy Photo
Story Highlights Players who didn’t hire an agent have until May 24 to withdraw from draft
BLOOMINGTON – The only downside to IU coach Archie Miller’s success in re-recruiting the Hoosiers’ 2017 class is the scholarship logjam it creates.
Indiana currently has 15 players signed or returning to the program — and just 13 scholarships to give next fall.
That adds an extra layer of importance to the NBA decisions of several Hoosiers currently declared for this summer’s draft. While OG Anunoby has declared and hired an agent, ending his time at IU, Thomas Bryant, James Blackmon Jr. and Robert Johnson are all going through the pre-draft process this spring without signing, meaning they can return.
But where do all four stand professionally?
Anunoby’s decision to leave, given that his stock is highest and he’s coming off a major knee injury, makes sense, according to NBA scouts interviewed for this story.
“More or less, he got enough out of college,” said one league scout. “He kind of came in as this unknown guy, blew up in the (2016 NCAA tournament) and that kind of carried over. You’ve got to leave while you’re hot.”
OG Anunoby declared for the draft despite tearing his ACL in January. (Photo: Jenna Watson/IndyStar)
Athletic and explosive at 6-8,