From Jefferson City, MO, to Bloomington, IN, to Toronto, Raptors forward OG Anunoby has made a name for himself at each stop of his basketball career.
Now, his name will live forever in Jefferson City.
Jefferson City High School, Anunoby's alma mater, announced that it will be retiring his No. 5 in a special ceremony during halftime of a football game on Sept. 10.
From JC, to IU, to Toronto, @OAnunoby has risen to the top. We are proud to call OG a Jay, and honored to retire #5. Come join us in honoring OG Friday night, 9/10/21 at halftime of the JC home football game, Adkins Stadium! Let's pack the house for OG Anunoby and our Jaybirds! pic.twitter.com/wbegWWJgEF- JC Jays Basketball (@JeffCityHoops) August 30, 2021
Anunoby, who graduated from JCHS in 2015, flew relatively under the radar during his prep career, earning a three-star rating from both ESPN and Rivals.com, where he was an unranked prospect.
Despite not being a highly-touted recruit, Anunoby committed to Tom Crean and the Indiana Hoosiers, where he made an instant impact as a freshman and was primed for a big sophomore campaign. Tabbed by many as a potential lottery pick ahead of his sophomore year, Anunoby's breakout season was cut short by an ACL injury, which put a damper on his draft stock.
From there, the rest is essentially history, as the Raptors used the No. 23 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft to select Anunoby, who has grown in each of his first four seasons in the NBA.
At 24, Anunoby is coming off of a season in which he averaged career-highs of 15.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.5 steals while knocking down 2.4 3s per game at a 39.8 percent clip. Entering his fifth season, Anunoby begins the first year of a four-year, $72 million contract extension signed in December 2020.
As a chief member of Toronto's core, Anunoby will look to take another leap to continue making a name for himself with the Raptors.
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