Siena forward O.D. Anosike is not projected to be selected in this month's NBA Draft. He joins a handful of players with such billing that the Boston Celtics have taken a look at during recent pre-draft workouts (the Celtics currently own only one pick, No. 16 overall). Anosike, who twice led the country in rebounding, detailed his workout for the Albany Times Union, offering a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes, and noted that he hopes to latch on with a NBA team for summer league. The Celtics certainly have a need for rebounding.
From the Times Union:
First, the Celtics measured Anosike's height (6-foot-7 without shoes), weight (243 pounds) and wingspan (7-foot-4), along with his body fat and vertical leap. He and the other players worked out for about an hour, went through shooting drills and then did conditioning.
Anosike was accompanied by better-known prospects such as Michigan's Tim Hardaway Jr. and Georgia Tech's Glen Rice Jr., both sons of former NBA stars. Anosike went one-on-one against Illinois State's Jackie Carmichael, a 6-foot-9 forward who averaged 17.4 points and 9.3 rebounds per game last season.
"He's a really good player," Anosike said. "He's really physical. He's got a skill set with him. I just went in there and did my best. I think I got the best of him."
Anosike and the others were watched by Celtics assistant coaches, scouts and director of player personnel Austin Ainge. Head coach Doc Rivers wasn't present at the workout because he was traveling back from an NBA meeting, according to an ESPN report. Anosike said he didn't think Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, Austin's father, was in attendance, either.