After receiving multiple offers, Siena’s OD Anosike will compete for the in the NBA Summer League for the Denver Nuggets. Denver’s first game is July 13 against the Milwaukee Bucks.
The NBA Summer League is a great opportunity for Anosike. The league has featured teams whose rosters included seven of the last eight NBA Rookie of the Year award winners: Chris Paul (New Orleans, 2005-06), Brandon Roy (Portland, 2006-07), Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City, 2007-08), Tyreke Evans (Sacramento, 2009-10), Blake Griffin (L.A. Clippers, 2010-11), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland, 2011-12) and Damian Lillard (Portland, 2012-13)
As for the Nuggets, they are a team in transition. They enter this coming season with both a new head coach, Brian Shaw, and a new General Manager, Tim Connelly. This new direction is one of the key features that drew Anosike to the Nuggets.
“The organization is moving in a new direction with a new head coach and GM that wants to bring in young, exciting players,” said Anosike, “so I thought it would be the best fit”
OD stated he was excited to for the opportunity to make his dreams a reality and is looking to highlight some of his lesser known basketball attributes.
“I really want to showcase my other underrated skills like my ball handling and shot blocking,” said Anosike. “They all know I can rebound.”
OD will head to Denver in about 10 days before heading to Las Vegas for the start of the Summer League July 12th. He will be joined on the Nuggets roster by North Carolina State forward Richard Howell, Wake Forest’s C.J. Harris and La Salle’s Ramon Galloway.
Anosike finished his career at Siena as the nation’s leading rebounder for the second straight season. He was just the second back-to-back national rebounding champ since 1973 (Paul Millsap, Louisiana Tech 2003-06). ESPN analyst Jay Bilas identified Anosike as the country’s top rebounder. His strong stat line of 13.3 points and 11.4 rebounds earned a spot on the All MAAC Second Team.
As a junior, Anosike became the first MAAC player to lead the nation in rebounding with an average of 12.5. In addition Anosike posted a school record 23 double doubles, including a run of 17 straight – the second longest streak in Division I over the last 15 years. For his efforts he was named First Team All-MAAC, First Team NABC All-District, a Lou Henson All-American, a NABC honors court selection, and was one of just four student athletes featured in the NCAA final four program.
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