Date of birth: October 22, 1998
Position: Power Forward/Center
Measurements: 6’10, 230 lbs
Ike Anigbogu didn’t play much in his freshman season at UCLA, but when he did, he showed the skill set of a modern NBA big man. His physical tools are what jumps out for Ike Anigbogu; he’s “only” 6’10 but possess a 7’6 wingspan! This gives him elite rim protecting potential, a trait so important in today’s NBA. Ike Anigbogu is also very mobile for his size, able to use his quick feet to his advantage on both ends of the floor.
At this early point into his career, Anigbogu’s main calling is defense. His rim protecting is something to marvel at, averaging 3.5 blocks per 40 MIN in his lone season at UCLA. His quick feet allow him to switch onto guards and contest their shots very well. This ability to contain pick and rolls is a sought out trait in the modern NBA, and that is what Ike Anigbogu offers to the table.
Ike Anigbogu is still pretty raw from an offensive standpoint, so he’s limited to rim runs and put-backs on offense. He struggles to catch the ball at times resulting in turnovers for the offense. Basically, anything you get from him on the offensive end is a bonus at this point in his career.
Although his defense leaves many in awe, he still lacks some polish on that end as well. He is a promising rim protector but sometimes lacks discipline resulting in many fouls (7.6 fouls per 40). In order to truly be an elite defensive big in the NBA, Anigbogu would need to be more careful with his fouls.
Ike Anigbogu has never really had much experience at UCLA, only averaging around 13 minutes a game, playing behind Thomas Welsh and TJ Leaf for most of the season. Therefore, there isn’t much of a sample size to make an extremely accurate evaluation for Anigbogu.
Like Biyombo, Anigbogu is an undersized center with a huge wingspan to protect the rim. Both centers also have the ability to contest and compete on the perimeter. Weaknesses between the two are similar as well, as both are pretty raw offensively with not much to show, except for put-backs and rim runs. The way Ike can be better is to get in the gym immediately, and start to work on his post-up game and jump shot.
Ike Anigbogu was the only player this season who averaged 1.2 BLK/G, had a 7 BLK%, and a 13 ORB% while playing less than 15 MIN/G.
Post lottery-Late first round