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.