NBA Draft

Scouting Report

Anigbogu didn't get much playing time in his only season at UCLA, averaging 13 minutes per game, but he's a highly regarded player who showed enough promise as a freshman that he could be a lottery pick. His athleticism and body type already are ideal for an NBA big man even though he's so young, making him a project very much worth taking on. A combination of strength, quickness and effort make Anigbogu an intriguing prospect despite his limitations at the offensive end. A good deal of his points came off lobs or on the offensive glass, though his physical attributes have scouts believing he can contribute in that fashion at the pro level until he develops a better post game or an outside shot. That's his big weakness, a lack of post-up moves and a shooting touch - he hit 53.5 percent of his free throws. However, his explosiveness could help him immediately become a terrific target on the break and possibly off the pick-and-roll. Where he will certainly contribute is on the glass, leaping over others for offensive rebounds and solidly boxing out for defensive boards, as well as on the defensive end. His 3.7 blocked shots per 40 minutes led the Bruins, though his relentless pursuit can also get him into foul trouble. The big red flag on Anigbogu is the injury bug. He tore his meniscus before the season and underwent surgery, causing him to sit out five games, and then missed more time during the season with a sprained foot. However, if Anigbogu stays healthy and improves his shooting mechanics, he could be a force to be reckoned with because he's a relentless player whose physical gifts are superior to most.

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