University of Louisville lands Top 100 Center Chinanu Onuaku

Younger brother of former Syracuse basketball star Arinze Onuaku, Chinanu shown to the left, looks to make his own name when he suits up for Louisville in 2014.

The University of Louisville basketball team added the third member to its recruiting class of 2014 on Friday afternoon with the pledge of four-star center Chinanu Onuaku of Upper Marlboro, Maryland. The 6’10, 220 lb Onuaku chose the Cardinals over Miami and Georgetown during an announcement at his high school school, Riverdale Baptist. Onuaku, a standout defender and rebounder, is ranked as the No. 64 senior prospect nationally by, No. 65 by and No. 69 by He made an official visit to U of L on Labor Day weekend, and the Cards were seen as the team to beat ever since. U of L has been seeking interior players as it prepares for the loss of senior Stephan Van Treese and the possible early NBA draft departures of Montrezl Harrell and Chane Behanan. He averaged 8.2 points, 12 rebounds and five blocked shots last season at Riverdale Baptist. Onuaku is a brother of former Syracuse and current New Orleans Pelicans player Arinze Onuaku.


Onuaku is a true center that is a difference maker on the defensive end of the floor both on and away from the ball. He is a strong rebounder as well. Onuaku's defense is ahead of his but has tremendous upside. When his offense closes the gap to his defense expect his production to rapidly increase. Onuaku also considered scholarship offers from home-state Maryland, Cincinnati, Connecticut and Xavier. Onuaku joins five-star Seattle guard Shaqquan Aaron and four-star Ypsilanti, Michigan, power forward Jaylen Johnson in U of L’s 2014 class. Onuaku doesn’t plan on red-shirting, and is confident he will step in and contribute scoring and shot blocking for legendary coach Rick Pitino right away, as well bring “heart.”

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Evan Daniels