Scout's take: Onuaku brings size to Cards 

October, 4, 2013
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ESPN 100 big man Chinanu Onuaku (Upper Marlboro ,Md./Riverdale Baptist) kept everyone guessing until the end, but eventually he picked national champion Louisville over Georgetown, and Miami. Onuaku, younger brother of New Orleans Pelicans big man Arinze Onuaku, is a promising post player.

Why he committed: The chance to play right away and to play for hall of fame coach Rick Pitino. The development of former Cardinal Gorgui Dieng made a big impression on Onuaku as he was looking for a program and coach that could help him grow and reach his potential.

What he brings: A physically strong and long true center who understands his role. Quietly he improved this summer on the national circuit. His shot-blocking, rebounding and ability to screen and free up teammates are still the strength of his game. When he rebounds the ball it’s with two hands on the defensive glass, and he is well schooled in throwing the outlet pass to start the break. At this stage of his career his defense is ahead of his offense. His physical presence in the paint is impressive. The one aspect of his game that’s under the radar is that he is a good passing big man.

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