Chinanu Onuaku
Team: Louisville, Sophomore
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H: 6' 10"
W: 245 lbs
Bday: 11/01/1996
(19 Years Old)
Current: C
NBA:   C
Possible: C
Pick: 38 in 2016 Mock Draft
Rank 38 in Top 100 Prospects
Rank 12 in NCAA Sophomores
RSCI: 63
High School: Riverdale Baptist
Hometown: Lanham, MD

Predraft Measurements
YearSourceHeight w/o ShoesHeight w/shoesWeightWingspanStanding ReachBody FatNo Step VertMax Vert
2016NBA Draft Combine6' 9"6' 10"2457' 2.75"9' 0.5"8.627.533.5
2015USA Basketball6' 9.25"6' 10"2467' 2.5"9' 1.5"NANANA
YearSourceHeight w/o ShoesHeight w/shoesWeightWingspanStanding ReachBody FatNo Step VertMax Vert
2016NBA Draft Combine6' 9"6' 10"2457' 2.75"9' 0.5"8.627.533.5
2015USA Basketball6' 9.25"6' 10"2467' 2.5"9' 1.5"NANANA

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NBA Combine Day Two and Event Recap
May 14, 2016

Chinanu Onuaku, Sophomore, PF/C, Louisville
10 points, 3 rebounds, 0 assists, 3 steals, 3 blocks, 0 turnovers, 5-7 2P, 0-0 3P, 0-0 FT, 21 minutes

The recipient of a lengthy writeup after a strong showing in the first day of competitive action, Chinanu Onuaku had another solid outing in the second and last day of the NBA Combine as well, doing many of the same things we previously reported.

He was a solid presence on defense, beyond the three steals and three blocks he accumulated, protecting the paint nicely while making the right rotations and doing a nice job of communicating with his teammates. He also was able to score by drawing deep post position and backing down weaker defenders, while hitting a short range jumper out of the post and catching a lob in transition.

His perimeter defense was again somewhat of a mixed bag, as he is often late to step out on closeouts, and will bit on pump fakes at times. He's clearly more of a center than a power forward at 6'9 barefoot, even if his 7'3 wingspan and 245 pound frame helps.

Onuaku has a tough decision ahead of himself now, as he clearly helped himself over the week in Chicago, but probably is still very much on the bubble as far as his first round prospects go. If he's content being a second round pick (possibly an early one) then he should be able to find a spot for himself in the NBA next year, but at only 19 years old, there's a chance he could continue to improve his standing with a better junior season at Louisville. He has all the makings of a future NBA rotation big man regardless, especially if he can find a way to keep his intensity level high at all times.

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NBA Combine Competitive Action Recap: Day One
May 12, 2016

Chinanu Onuaku, Sophomore, Power Forward/Center, Louisville
11 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 assists, 3 turnovers, 4-6 2P, 3-5, FT, 21 minutes FT

Chinanu Onuaku had a strong start to his NBA Combine, which is important considering he's still just testing the waters and very much on the fence for whether to hire and agent and stay in the draft. He looks to be in very good shape from a physical standpoint, which helped him play with maximum effort every moment he was on the floor, something that he's been inconsistent with at times during his career.

Onuaku proved to be a presence in the paint on both ends of the floor for his team today, protecting the rim with his length and timing while competing on the interior, at rebounding at a very high rate. Offensively, he made some nice passes and was able to do some damage around the basket using his strong frame, rolling to the rim with nice timing and finishing using his solid hands and touch, despite not being the most explosive player around. He even stepped away from the paint at one point and knocked down an open mid-range jumper, which is somewhat surprising considering how much he's struggled with his free throw stroke in the past.

Onuaku's solid measurements, 6'10 in shoes with a 7'3 wingspan and a 245 pound frame indicate he'll have very little issue playing center at the NBA level. While his upside is not off the charts due to his average skill-level, explosiveness and feel, he's a very serviceable big man who will likely hear his name called if he elects to keep his name in the draft.

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Top NBA Prospects in the ACC, Part Four: Chinanu Onuaku Scouting Video
October 11, 2015

Mike Schmitz continues our coverage of the top NBA prospects in the ACC with a video scouting report of the #4 prospect in the conference, Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku.

More DX Conference Preseason Previews:
-The Top 20 NBA Draft Prospects in the Pac-12
-The Top 20 NBA Draft Prospects in the Big East
-The Top 15 NBA Draft Prospects in the Big 12
-The Top 20 NBA Draft Prospects in the SEC
-The Top 10 NBA Draft Prospects in the AAC

Top NBA Draft Prospects in the ACC
-Top NBA Prospects in the ACC, Part One
(#1) Brandon Ingram (Scouting Video)
Top NBA Prospects in the ACC, Part Two
(#2) Demetrius Jackson (Scouting Video)
Top NBA Prospects in the ACC, Part Three
(#3) Justin Jackson (Scouting Video)
(#4) Chinanu Onuaku, Sophomore, Center, Louisville



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2015 FIBA U19 World Championship Scouting Reports: Centers
July 18, 2015

Jonathan Givony

-Big enough to play center at over 6-10 in shoes with a 7-2 wingspan and a 9-1 standing reach
-Tremendous frame. 246 pounds and should be able to add even more strength in time
-Light on his feet. Moves very well for a player his size
-Excellent finisher around the basket
-Outstanding offensive rebounder. 6.2 per-40 at U19s, 4.4 as a college freshman at Louisville
-Gets hands on tons of loose balls
-Gets in passing lanes impressive with combination of length and mobility. 3.5 steals per-40 at U19s, 1.7 per-40 at Louisville
-Can step out on the perimeter defensively and not look out of place
-Rotates impressively for blocks. 3rd best shot-blocker at U19s per-minute
-Moves feet very well defensively
-Was one of the youngest freshmen in college basketball. Turned 18 just two weeks before his first game at Louisville. Doesn't turn 19 until November.
Superb length. Gets in passing lanes. Gets hands on lots of loose balls. Good rebounder. Gets steals. Good anticipation skills. Playing hard. Can step out onto the perimeter. Moves feet. Made some underhanded free throws late in game vs Greece. Rotates impressively for blocks.

-An inch shorter than you might hope for a NBA center
-Offensive skill-level a work in progress.
-Averaged just 6.6 points per-40 as a freshman. 11.1 at U19s
-Doesn't have any real footwork inside the paint or go-to moves. All of his offense comes on finishes and offensive rebounds
-Not a great passer
-Struggles badly from free throw line. Made 47% of attempts as a freshman. Up to 60% from line at U19s, shooting granny style
-Played hard at U19s in limited role, but has a reputation for being somewhat up and down with his intensity level at times
-Average defensive rebounder. 5.9 per-40 at U19s, 5.8 per-40 at Louisville

Outlook: Looked to be in much better shape physically here than he was as a freshman at Louisville. Played a major role defensively for USA, and was a constant presence on the offensive glass. Could easily be going into his freshman season at Louisville as he is yet to turn 19 years old. A sure-fire NBA guy if he plays with the same intensity he did in Crete on a consistent basis. Likely to step into a significant role as a sophomore with Montrezl Harrell off to the NBA.

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Chinanu Onuaku 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship Interview
July 5, 2015

An interview with US big man Chinanu Onuaku at the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship in Crete.

-Ivica Zubac Interview
-Georgios Papagiannis Interview
-Tyler Dorsey Interview
-Furkan Korkmaz Interview
-Terrance Ferguson Interview

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High School Class of 2014 Scouting Reports, Part Two- the Big Men
September 4, 2013

Jonathan Givony

Recruiting Rankings: 247: #64, ESPN: #NR, Scout: #64, Rivals: #120

-Very good body. Physically mature
-Nimble. Moves feet well.
-Goes out of area for rebounds
-Can pass the ball a bit
-Can block shots
-Nice outlet passes

-Below the rim big man
-Doesn't always play with great energy
-Limited offensively. Doesn't really know what his role is on the floor

Outlook: Brother of Arinze Onuaku. Chiseled big man who is still in an early stage of his development. Will always get looks thanks to his impressive frame and length. Can make an impact defensively and on the glass when dialed in.

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DraftExpress: Chinanu Onuaku is putting up monster per-40 numbers (19 points 15 rebounds 4 blocks 64% 2P%) so far but was invisible vs Mich St\/St Louis
2015-12-26 13:05:10
DraftExpress: Louisville up ugly at half over St Louis 30-27. Chinanu Onuaku and Damion Lee both got auto-benched with two early fouls. Mathiang 11+8.
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