Former Indiana forward OG Anunoby was selected by the Toronto Raptors with the 23rd overall pick in Thursday night’s NBA Draft.
Anunoby was projected to be a lottery pick during the months leading up to the draft — most projections had him going No. 13 to Denver — but he dropped to the 20s in a loaded draft class.
Anunoby was the final player in the Green Room to be selected, and he was his usual quiet, to-the-point self in his interview with ESPN. He was asked if he will continue to rock the short shorts in the NBA.
“Of course,” Anunoby responded. “I gotta wear short shorts.”
Anunoby was then asked how he’ll celebrate and spend the rest of the evening, to which he responded: “Get some cheesecake.”
Gotta love OG.
Anunoby joins one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference, but Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry is a free agent and will be highly coveted by other franchises. Regardless, Anunoby should be in a good spot on a team that includes All-Star Demar DeRozan, Serge Ibaka, Norman Powell, and others.
Anunoby appeared in only 16 games for the Hoosiers last season after suffering a knee injury and having surgery in January. The 6-foot-8, 215-pound Anunoby averaged 11.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game in his shortened sophomore season.
“I think it affected my draft, but everything happens for a reason and I’m happy to be playing for the Raptors now,” Anunoby told ESPN.
As a freshman, Anunoby averaged 4.9 points and 2.6 rebounds in 13.7 minutes per game. The former 3-star recruit burst onto the national scene late in his freshman season when he shined in an NCAA Tournament game against Jamal Murray and Kentucky.
Former Indiana center Thomas Bryant is likely to be drafted later tonight. Most experts project him to be selected in the second round, ranging from the mid to late 30s. This story will be updated if and when Bryant is selected.
James Blackmon Jr. is also eligible to be drafted, but he is highly, highly unlikely to be selected and is more likely to get an opportunity as an undrafted free agent.
You can watch Anunoby’s full interview with ESPN in the embedded video player below.