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Chinanu Onuaku
Chinanu  Onuaku


Lanham, Md.

High School:
Riverdale Baptist

Height / Weight:
6-10 / 230




Onuaku Earns Gold Medal With USA U19 Team

Cardinals’ rising sophomore totaled six points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots in the championship game


Seven Cardinals Earn All-ACC Academic Honors

Louisville's seven selections is a league-high for the 21 selections


No. 12 Louisville Topped by Syracuse, 69-59

Terry Rozier scored 17 points and Montrezl Harrell added 15 for the Cardinals.


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


NCAA Tournament: Louisville vs Michigan State

Louisville takes on Michigan State in the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament


Men's Basketball vs. NC State - Sweet 16

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-East Regional-Louisville vs North Carolina State (USATSI)



Louisville Men's Basketball | NCAA Sweet 16 Practice Day


NCAA Tournament: Louisville vs. UC Irvine

Louisville defeats UC Irvine 57-55 in the second round of the NCAA tournament



Louisville Men's Basketball | NCAA Day 1 Practice

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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