Cards' Onuaku Will Remain in NBA Draft
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- University of Louisville sophomore forward/center Chinanu Onuaku has chosen to remain in the NBA Draft and will forego his remaining two collegiate seasons.
Onuaku averaged 9.9 points, ranked eighth in the ACC in rebounding with 8.5 boards per game and was third in the ACC in blocked shots (2.0 per game, 41st in the nation) while shooting 61.9 percent from the field. The All-ACC Defensive Team selection led UofL with 36 dunks.
While Onuaku started 29 games at center last season, the Cardinals (23-8 in 2015-16) return five talented front line players to remain optimistic about the position. Among the inside strength returning for the Cardinals are Mangok Mathiang, a 6-10 rising senior forward with starting experience whose broken foot sidelined him for the final 21 games of the season; 6-9 junior Jaylen Johnson, who started 22 games last season; 7-0 junior Anas Mahmoud, whose late-season improvement was stifled with an ankle sprain that kept him out the final six games of the year; 6-10 sophomore Ray Spalding, who scored eight or more points in 10 games as a freshman; and 7-0 junior Matz Stockman, who was among the most improved players in practice a year ago.
Louisville has produced 22 first-round NBA Draft choices, including 11 in the top ten and five among the top three picks (Pervis Ellison first in 1989; Wes Unseld second in 1968; Darrell Griffith second in 1980; Charlie Tyra second in 1957; Rodney McCray third in 1983).