Recruiting picks up for Onuaku

Three-star center Chinanu Onuaku has some major potential with his ability to change the game on the defensive end.

A big guy in the 2014 class with a ton of upside is Chinanu Onuaku. The Upper Marlboro (Md.) Riverdale Baptist center is raw right now on the offensive end, but showed an excellent ability to rebound and defend at the DMV Tip-Off. Now coaches are really picking up the interest on the recruiting trail.

It hasn't been quite the junior year Onuaku hoped for from a school perspective, but he still thinks it has been solid.

"It hasn't been as good as we expected," said Onuaku. "We expected to do better, but we are working hard and hope to get better."

About his own game, Onuaku said, "I think I play defense well. I think I am good at blocking shots and helping on the pick and roll."

He continued, "I am focused on my shooting, being stronger in the post, and blocking more shots."

Recruiting wise things continue to develop with Onuaku who is developing a solid list of schools who are interested.

"Seton Hall, DePaul, Xavier, Virginia Tech, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Maryland, and North Carolina State are the ones I am hearing the most."

Right now Onuaku says he isn't real familiar with any of the schools recruiting him and is just working on building a relationship with the coaches.

In the meantime he does know what he will be looking for in a school as times goes on.

"The first thing I look for is a good education," Onuaku explained. "Also I look for a good coaching staff, a place where I can play a lot, and a school with a lot of tradition."

One person who Onuaku will be able to lean on for advice both with his recruitment and his game is older brother. Chinanu is the younger brother of former Syracuse star Arinze Onuaku, and Chinanu says that his brother gives him advice on what to expect from college basketball.

"He has told me it isn't easy and that you have to work hard every day so you can be better than the person you are going against," said Onuaku.

For now Onuaku is a three-star prospect.

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