Anunoby still rehabbing knee, but says he's ready for move to NBA

Indiana's OG Anunoby goes up for a basket in the first half of a game Michigan in the quarterfinals at the Big Ten Conference tournament in 2016. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

JEFFERSON CITY --- O.G. Anunoby is a reserved, thoughtful, soft-spoken young man, certainly a man of few words.

If he said any less, he wouldn't say anything at all. That's okay ... it's a refreshing change from so many of today's loud, chest-pounding athletes.

Or in some cases, loud, chest-pounding dads. Take LaVar Ball ... please.

Anunoby's play on the basketball court speaks volume, it's loud, clear and unmistakable. He is a highlight reel waiting to happen.

It's not been without some serious bumps in the road, however, as Anunoby suffered a devastating, season-ending knee injury in January during his sophomore year with the Indiana Hoosiers.

"I was trying to get an offensive rebound," Anunoby said, "and I got pushed a little from the back. And I felt a pop."

While he said it wasn't really painful, he knew immediately it wasn't good. And he was right --- a torn ACL in his right knee.

Anunoby then had to do something he's not accustomed to doing --- sitting and watching. As it turned out, the Hoosiers collapsed without their offensively explosive an defensive dominate 6-8, 230-pound wing, who'd grown into a regular on ESPN's Top 10.

"That was definitely tough, I wanted to be out there helping my team," he said during our one-on-one interview. "We'd been working hard all year and then to see the results that happened, happen ... it was hard."

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