Onuaku commits to the Cardinals

The University of Louisville basketball staff landed a third commitment in the Class of 2014 when Chinanu Onuaku picked the Cardinals on Friday afternoon. He's considered one of the top 10 centers nationally in the class.

Chinanu Onuaku had folks guessing.

One of the top 10 centers in the country, kept his college decision public until Friday afternoon when he committed to the University of Louisville during a news conference at Upper Marlboro, Md., Riverdale Baptist.

The 6-foot-10, 250-pound Onuaku picked U of L over Miami and Georgetown, after making his official visit to U of L on Sept. 1.

Riverdale Baptist coach Lou Wilson said recently the school that landed Onuaku was getting a "player who is very, very good on the defensive end of the floor."

As a junior, Onuaku averaged 8.2 points and 10.7 rebounds a game. He had a breakout summer on the AAU circuit with the D.C. Assault program.

Onuaku made an official visit with his mother to U of L last month and had previously visited Miami before visiting Georgetown last weekend.

Louisville coaches watched Onuaku several times during the summer evaluation period and jumped into the mix in August, offering him a scholarship.

FoxSportsNEXT basketball recruiting analyst Rob Harrington evaluated Onuaku several times this summer and noted:

"The 6-10, 250-pound center is a physical rebounder who does his best work on the defensive glass," Harrington said. "He uses his size and strength to seal off would-be offensive rebounders.

"His footwork and low block offense remain a work in progress, but he's competitive head-up against nearly every big man in the class with just a few exceptions. As such, he'll big a major contributor at the next level."

Onuaku is the third commitment in the '14 class, including Shaqquan Aaron and Jaylen Johnson. The Cardinals' staff is still after several other prospects.


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