Thursday evening's NBA Draft is a moment that Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku has been eyeing for quite some time. The product of Riverdale Baptist in Marlboro, Md., announced his intention in late May via the social media app Instagram.
"After talking to my family and going through the NBA process, me and my family have decided that it would be best for me to keep my name in the draft," Onuaku stated, also adding that he has the full support of his head coach. "I have talked to Coach Pitino and he is behind me 100 percent."
The 2016 NBA Draft will begin on Thursday evening at 8:00 p.m. at the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Onuaku, who started 53 games at Louisville, is a hopeful second round selection.
Following a freshman season that saw the 6-foot-9 center average 3 points and 4.5 rebounds an outing, he spent his off season as a member of the gold medal winning 2015 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Championship Team. He used that experience to springboard a much more productive sophomore season when he recorded 11 double-doubles. He finished his second year as a Cardinal averaging 9 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.
Ounaku was selected to the All-ACC Defensive Team and garnered All-ACC honorable mention honors.