The 18-year-old didn't get a lot of playing time in his lone college season, averaging just 13 minutes per game, but his size and strength give him the potential for development in the NBA.
UCLA reacted to the pick:
UCLA Basketball @UCLAMBB
Ike joins TJ in Indiana! Congrats to Ike Anigbogu (@IkePostrs_), chosen No. 47 by the Indiana @Pacers in the 2017 NBA Draft. #NBABruins https://t.co/BotNJaOtvq2017-6-23 03:50:10
Prior to Anigbogu's selection, ESPN's Fran Fraschilla thought the UCLA star would've benefited from another year in college:
Fran Fraschilla @franfraschilla
Hate to crush young guys but Ike Anigbogu made a major miscalculation. It's one thing to be raw big man. It's another to be very very raw.2017-6-23 03:03:56
Scout's Evan Daniels tweeted why Anigbogu slipped to the second round:
Evan Daniels @EvanDaniels
Multiple sources say Ike Anigbogu's medical is why he's falling. Question marks surrounding his knee. One source said: [It's] really bad."2017-6-23 03:08:19
The Southern California News Group's Brian Martin tweeted Anigbogu was once thought to be a first-round pick:
Brian Martin @TheBMartin
UCLA freshman C Ike Anigbogu was thought to be a mid first-rounder. Goes just now to Indiana at No. 47 overall. Quite the slide. #NBADraft2017-6-23 03:48:52
Still, many thought Indiana did well to get him in the second round:
Ryan Wolstat @WolstatSun
Myles Turner and Ike Anigbogu is going to be nasty. Don't go inside on those two. Now let's see what they get for PG132017-6-23 03:49:14
Jeff Borzello @jeffborzello
If Ike Anigbogu stays healthy, he's a steal at No. 47. Elite-level shot-blocker.2017-6-23 03:49:59
Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpearsESPN
Stunned that UCLA center Ike Anigbogu fell from the 1st round to the 47th pick to the Pacers. Tough night for the kid. Steal for the Pacers.2017-6-23 03:49:09
Anigbogu did post impressive numbers at UCLA if you stretch them out to an average of 40 minutes per game. His stats jump up to 14.5 points, 12.4 rebounds and 3.7 blocks per 40 minutes in 29 games last season, per Sports-Reference.com.
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One big thing working in Anigbogu's favor is age. He's the youngest player in this year's class, with his 19th birthday not coming until Oct. 22.
B/R's Jonathan Wasserman ranked Anigbogu as the 23rd-best prospect in the 2017 NBA draft class, citing his strong defensive play and overall physical presence in the paint:
"At 252 pounds with an enormous 7'6" wingspan and quick feet, he patrols the paint defensively and finishes inside off dives, dump-offs, lobs and putbacks.
"Having played just 13.0 minutes per game as a freshman without any projectable skills, Anigbogu is likely looking at mostly G-League playing time as a rookie."
With Anigbogu's defensive skills already well-honed, he makes for an excellent choice at this point in the draft. His ability to develop an offensive game will determine what his ultimate role in the NBA will be, but there is always a need for a strong rim protector.