University of Louisville sophomore center Chinanu Onuaku will have a minor heart procedure today in Chicago that is expected to sideline him for about a week before he returns to the court "in pursuit of my NBA dreams."
In a release sent out by U of L, Onuaku announced the procedure is to correct a heart rhythm issue known as Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome. It was found when he underwent a physical during the recent NBA Draft Combine.
"After an extensive physical with the NBA doctors over the last few days, they noticed a situation that will require a minor procedure that will keep me off of the court for approximately 7 to 10 days," Onuaku said. "After the 7 to 10 day window, I will be ready to start my workouts again in pursuit of my NBA dreams."
The NBA deadline for underclassmen to remove their name from draft consideration is May 25.
The 6-foot-10 Onuaku, who has played at U of L for two years, said last week at the NBA Combine that he wanted to be in the top 40 of the Draft or he would likely come back.
Now, with the timing of this procedure it appears he will keep his name in the draft.
U of L coach Rick Pitino now believes he will keep his name in the draft. Pitino told Terry Meiners on Tuesday:
“I would say he’s probably going to stay in the draft," he said. "There is one caveat right now that has come up. He’s going to have minor surgery today that will keep him out about a week and delay his workouts. He has a thing in his heart … that is not real serious but the doctors in the NBA want to get it done to clear him one hundred percent."