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Chinanu Onuaku
Chinanu Onuaku


Lanham, Md.

High School:
Riverdale Baptist

Height / Weight:
6-10 / 230




Johnson's Late Three Leads White Team to Victory

Anton Gill's 23 points led the White team in a 67-65 intrasquad scrimmage victory


Jones Scores 22 to Lead No. 5 Louisville Past Clemson, 58-52

Chris Jones scored 22 points and Terry Rozier added 15 to lead Louisville


No. 4 Louisville Defeats UNC-Wilmington, 68-57

Montrezl Harrell led the team with 19 points and 17 rebounds in win over the Seahawks.


No. 6 Louisville Outlasts Cleveland State, 45-33

Montrezl Harrell led the Cardinals with 15 points and 13 rebounds.


Harrell's 32 Pace Cardinals in Early Scrimmage

All-America forward led the Black team to a 91-82 victory over the White on Sunday


No. 10 Men's Basketball vs. Boston College (USATSI)

No. 10 Men's Basketball vs. Boston College (USATSI)


No. 10 Louisville vs. Pittsburgh

USATSI photos men's basketball -- 1/25/15



Louisville Men's Basketball v Duke


No. 6 Louisville vs. No. 4 Duke

USATSI photos men's basketball -- 1/17/15



Louisville Men's Basketball at North Carolina

High School:

  • Name is pronounced chih-NAH-noo on-ooh-AHH-koo.
  • Averaged 12.4 points, 12.7 rebounds, and 5.5 blocks as a senior in leading Riverside Baptist High School to a 30-9 record and the Capital Beltway conference title. Riverside Baptist won the first private school state championship his senior year.
  • Totaled 13 points and 11 rebounds to help lead Riverdale Baptist to the Maryland Private School championship with a 71-66 victory over No. 5 Clinton Christian.
  • First team All-Metro by The Washington Post, Onuaku was a first team all-state selection and was ranked No. 66 nationally by, 74th by, No. 75 in the ESPN 100 and was rated the seventh-best center in the nation by
  • Twice named the top defensive player in his conference.
  • Top scoring effort as a senior was 25 points against Clinton Christian and he grabbed a season-best 19 rebounds against Orangeville.
  • Averaged 8.2 points, 10.6 rebounds and 3.4 blocked shots as a junior last season in helping Riverdale Baptist achive a 26-10 record and the Capital Beltway League title.
  • Led his DC Assault AAU team to the 2013 Under Armour Summer Jam title as the event's second-leading rebounder. Also on the AAU circuit, he played on the Adidas Nations championship team and was named to the Reebok Breakout Classic All-Star game.
  • His brother Arinze Onuaku played for Syracuse from 2005-10 and opened this season on the New Orleans Pelicans roster. Arinze set the Syracuse single-season field goal percentage mark of 66.7 percent as a senior when he averaged 10.3 points and 7.3 rebounds as the Orange's starting center.
  • His sister Ify played basketball at Florida A&M (2004- 08).
  • Had narrowed his collegiate choices to Georgetown and Miami (Fla.) before signing with the Cardinals.
  • Totaled seven points, 10 rebounds, two blocks and a game-high four steals for the winning White team in the 2014 Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic all-star game. He led the Capital All-Stars with 21 points, 14 rebounds and five assists in the 2014 Capital Classic all-star game.


  • Born Nov. 1, 1996 ... Son of Nwaneka and Christopher Onuaku ... Has three older siblings (Ify, Arinze, Chuk) ... Major is communication.
  • Personal goal at UofL is to start as a freshman.
  • Enjoys playing video games in his spare time.
  • Chose to attend UofL because "I like the coaches and my teammates."
  • Best basketball advice given to him was to "play your game."
  • Feels Boris Kodjoe would be the best actor to play him in a movie.
  • Few people know that he can cook.
  • His brother Arinze has had the greatest influence on his athletic career.
  • Best thing about being a Cardinal is the fan support.
  • When he played basketball as a kid, he pretended he was himself in the NBA.
  • Among reality shows, he feels he would fare best on Love & Hip Hop in Atlanta.
  • Wanted to wear No.32 because it was Magic Johnson's number.
  • Would most like to meet Carmelo Anthony.
  • Best moment of his athletic career to date was the first time he dunked on someone.


  • Basketball Player: Carmelo Anthony
  • Athlete, Other than a Basketball Player: Peyton Manning
  • NBA Team: New York Knicks
  • Movies: Notorious, Next Friday
  • TV Shows: Boondocks, Family Guy, Martin
  • TV Sports Personality: Shaquille O'Neal
  • Comedian: Kevin Hart
  • Musical Groups: Migos, Drake, Wale, 2 Chains, Lil Wayne
  • Best Player Ever Faced: Andrew Wiggins
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