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Former Siena Saint OD Anosike Making The Most Of His First Pro Season

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Former Siena Saint OD Anosike will extend his first professional season as he has signed to play for Strasbourg IG as they head into the semifinals of the ProA , the top league in France. Anosike recently concluded a season playing for VL Pesaro of the Italian SerieA, one of Europe’s top rated leagues.

In 30 games with Pesaro, Anosike averaged 14.3 points and a league-leading 13.1 rebounds along with 1.2 steals per game. As a rookie standout he was named to the Italian SerieA All-Star Game.

While competing a long way from Loudonville, Anosike was able to thrive in his new environment.

“The lifestyle overseas is a lot of fun,” said Anosike. “It’s different than American life, so there was definitely an adjustment period for me. But generally speaking, the people are helpful and welcoming. They love their sports, win or lose. They are passionate about everything they do. Overall, the people really made my time in Italy very relaxing.”

Although forced to adjust to life on the court as well, the two time NCAA national rebounding leader did well as he continues to develop his game while pulling down boards at an impressive rate.

“The professional game is much different than the college game,” Anosike said. “The professional game relies a lot more on natural talent rather than tactical savvy. The shot clock is only 24 seconds, so players are asked to make plays on their own a lot. For a player like me, it helped me because European basketball is a lot of pick and roll, and it helped me get some easy baskets inside.”

While Pesaro was in a bit of a rebuilding mode, with the help of Anosike they were able to show progress toward the end of the season.

“Our season definitely had its ups and downs,” explains Anosike. “Honestly, it had a lot of similarities to the Siena team this season, in that we had a new coach, and a young team starting 3 rookies looking to rise to the top of the league like we once were. Unfortunately, we finished towards the bottom of our league. But we started to play better towards the end, winning our last three games. Personally, I had a solid season, leading the league in rebounds. I’m just thankful for my teammates playing strong defense which allowed me to grab those rebounds.”

Anosike’s first year of pro experience should prove to be invaluable playing against top notch competition.

“I learned a great deal this season,” Anosike said. “I learned a lot about using my instincts rather than my athletic ability to be effective. I also learned how crucial each possession is, even in a fast-paced game like European basketball is. Those things helped me have consistent success throughout the year.”

While plans for next season are still up in the air, Anosike has gotten a great deal of attention from his standout rookie season leaving him with a number of possibilities as he heads into his second pro season.

“I’m blessed that my current team would like to resign me for next season, so that’s definitely an option. Other high level teams in Europe have reached out, so those are viable options as well. Lastly, a few NBA teams have expressed interest, so we will see what happens. I’m just thankful to be in a position where I have options to choose from. It’s going to be an exciting summer.”

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