T.J. Leaf got excited when Pacers drafted UCLA teammate Ike Anigbogu
The Indiana Pacers didn’t have a shot at drafting Lonzo Ball in the recently concluded 2017 NBA Draft, but they got the next best Bruins prospects. The team spent their first two picks on a pair of UCLA products, using the 18th overall pick in the first round on forward TJ Leaf before selecting big man Ike Anigbogu off the board 47th overall.
Life in the pros vastly differs from that in college, so you could just imagine the relief Leaf felt when he realized that his ex-UCLA teammate will be joining him in the Hoosier state, making the adjustment a lot easier.
The moment that Leaf and Anigbogu reunited, this time as NBA players and teammates, was perfectly captured in a video posted by the Pacers’ Twitter account:
Leaf played for one year in UCLA threads, leading the Bruins in scoring during the 2016-2017 season with 16.3 points per game. Like Leaf, Anigbogu was a one-and-done in Westwood, putting up 4.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks per contest across 29 games.
Perhaps the only thing missing was the Pacers drafting Bryce Alford, son of UCLA coach and Indiana Hoosiers legend, Steve Alford (the younger Alford was left unselected in the draft).