Louisville sophomore center Chinanu Onuaku will keep his name in the NBA Draft; will forgo his final two years of eligibility with U of L

University of Louisville center Chinanu Onuaku will skip the final two years of his career and keep his name in the NBA Draft. Onuaku announced tonight via his Instagram account that he's officially turning pro.

University of Louisville sophomore center Chinanu Onuaku ended any speculation about his future on Wednesday night, announcing that he would keep his name in the NBA Draft.

The 6-foot-10 Onuaku will skip his final two seasons at Louisville.

"After speaking with my family and friends and going through the NBA process, I am excited to remain in the draft to continue the pursuit of my dream of playing in the NBA," Onuaku said in a release sent out by U of L. "I have thoroughly enjoyed my two years in Louisville and know that my development as a player and person at U of L is a major factor in where I am today.

"I will miss my teammates, coaches and the great fans, but I will always be a Cardinal."

Onuaku said after the season he was going to test the waters. He had a solid NBA Draft Combine earlier this month but last week had a procedure done on his heart after it was found he had Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome.

He was back working out this week with teams and has been mentioned by several experts as a late first-round pick.

"We thank Nanu for the great effort he has given the University of Louisville," U of L coach Rick Pitino said in a release. "We are proud of the improvements he has made as a basketball player and as a young man. He’s extremely young with great potential."

Onuaku averaged 9.9 points and ranked eighth in the ACC in rebounding with 8.5 boards a game as a sophomore.

He was named to the All-ACC Defensive Team and had 11 double-doubles.

According to the U of L release, a total of 68 former Louisville players have been selected in the NBA Draft, including five in the last three years. 

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