O.D. Anosike has taken next step after one of greatest careers in Siena history, signing with Denver Nuggets and competing for their Summer League team. (Photo courtesy of the Albany Times Union)
Another Saint has come marching in...to the professional ranks, that is.
O.D. Anosike, whose four-year career in Loudonville produced some of the greatest seasons in the history of Siena basketball, as well as a streak of consecutive double-doubles that led the nation, has agreed to terms with the Denver Nuggets, and will play for their Summer League team in Las Vegas. The Staten Islander's first game will take place on July 13th, when Denver's Summer League squad; which included Kenneth Faried and Jordan Hamilton last year, takes on the Milwaukee Bucks.
"The organization is moving in a new direction, with a new head coach (Brian Shaw) and GM (Tim Connelly) that wants to bring in young, exciting players, so I thought it would be the best fit," Anosike said. "I really want to showcase my other underrated skills, like my ball handling and shot blocking. They all know I can rebound."
The younger brother of former Tennessee star Nicky Anosike, O.D. led the nation in rebounding in each of his last two seasons, averaging 12.5 boards per game in his junior year and 11.4 caroms per game this past season. His 23 double-doubles, including 17 consecutive, are a school record; and he leaves Siena as not only a multiple-time all-MAAC honoree, but also one of the most well-spoken and articulate players in the nation. An academic All-America candidate last season, Anosike's 1,076 career rebounds rank second in Siena history, trailing only former teammate Ryan Rossiter.
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