Class of 2014 center Chinanu Onuaku (Upper Marlboro, Md./Riverdale Baptist) is a young player who puts his mark on the game on the defensive end. He is very productive and loaded with upside.
That type of game is coveted at the next level. Teams have to score to be successful but its defense that wins championships. Many college programs have noticed Onuaku's ability to make an impact on the defensive as well as his upside on offense, which has led to numerous offering scholarships offers.
Seton Hall, DePaul, Virginia Tech, Xavier, UConn and Cincinnati are among a litany of schools that have offered and he also has interest from ACC schools Maryland and NC State.
“I am best on defense,” Onuaku said, “When I’m blocking shots, keeping the ball out of the low post and helping teammates when they get beat.”
Onuaku is capable of dominating stretches of the game on defense. He controls the paint with his post defense and shot blocking, not to mention he is an elite rebounder, utilizing his length, strength, athleticism and desire to gain possession of the ball.
While Onuaku’s defense is his calling card, his offense is also coming along. He is currently averaging eight points a game to go with 10 rebounds, three blocks and two assists. He knows his offense will have to improve for him to be a more complete player in college.
"I will have to keep working on my midrange shooting and low-post moves," Onuaku said.
"Chinanu doesn’t mind helping a teammate defensively and then recovering to get back to his man," said coach Louis Wilson.
Onuaku is definitely a player to keep a close eye on as he continues to develop. He is just scratching the surface of how good he can be.