Chinanu Onuaku to remain in the NBA Draft

By on May 25, 2016

By Conner Farrell–

Louisville men’s basketball player Chinanu Onuaku officially announced that he would remain in the NBA draft.

Onuaku declared for the draft shortly after the season ended, but did not sign with an agent, which would allow him to return to school to play next season if he withdrew his name from the draft.

After performing well at the recent NBA Combine and in private workouts, the sophomore center gained increased interest in draft circles. ESPN’s Chad Ford tabbed his as his 35th best prospect and a late first-round pick.

“Onuaku might not be the most polished prospect in the draft, but he’s got an awesome NBA body and plays physically,” Ford said. “He rebounds, alters shots and is still just 19 years old. For a team looking for a physical, shot-blocking enforcer to come off the bench, he might be worth a pick late in the first round or early second.”

Onuaku had minor heart surgery this month to correct a heart rhythm issue, according to U of L sports information.

“After an extensive physical with the NBA doctors over the last few days, they noticed a situation that will require a minor procedure that will keep me off of the court for approximately seven to 10 days. After the seven to 10 day window, I will be ready to start my workouts again in pursuit of my NBA dreams,” Onuaku said in a recent statement through the university. 

Onuaku led the Cards in rebounding at 8.5 per game and in blocked shots two per game this season. He also earned All-ACC Defensive team honors. From his freshman to sophomore season, Onuaku improved his points per game average from three to 9.9 per game. The 6-foot-10 sophomore also improved his free throw percentage from 46-percent to 59-percent but averaged three fouls a game in 24 minutes.

The NBA draft will be held on June 23 at 7:00 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN.

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