Indiana Hoosiers sophomore forward OG Anunoby suffered an ankle injury in the final minutes of Wednesday night’s 76-67 win over the North Carolina Tar Heels. He led the team both in scoring and in high-flying dunks, although his final dunk would spell the end of his evening, as he landed awkwardly on the way down, causing him to have to be helped from the court by the Indiana staff. His shoe was removed on the sideline and had ice immediately placed on it.
Anunoby played just 13 minutes in the Hoosiers’ lone loss so far this season to Fort Wayne, where he went scoreless and missed all three shots he would take. He followed that up with a 21-point, eight-rebound explosion against Mississippi Valley State, before pouring in 16 points and five rebounds against the No. 3 ranked Tar Heels on Wednesday night.
The 6’8″ 235-pound wing out of Jefferson City, Missouri, came to the Hoosiers as a three-star recruit. He also took visits to Georgia and Iowa, before heading to campus in Bloomington, where he has rapidly developed, displaying athleticism that has many slotting him as a potential first-round pick in next season’s NBA Draft before this year can even play out.
The win moves Indiana to 5-1 on the season, giving them victories over both Kansas and North Carolina in the non-conference portion of their schedule. Their next game comes against SIU Edwardsville on Friday, before a intra-state collision with the Butler Bulldogs looms on Dec. 17. Big Ten Conference play will begin on Dec. 28 when they welcome in Nebraska.