Riverdale Baptist's Chinanu Onuaku commits to Louisville

Riverdale Baptist's Chinanu Onuaku commits to Louisville
October 4, 2013, 10:45 pm
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Chinanu Onuaku chooses Louisville over Georgetown, Miami

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One year ago, Chinanu Onuaku was a tall mid-major prospect with a lot of upside. On Friday, he became the latest member of the reigning national champions.

Onuaku chose to attend Louisville over Georgetown and Miami in a ceremony held at Riverdale Baptist (Md.) on Friday afternoon. 

Flanked at a table in the school's gymnasium by his mother, father, aunt, brother, sister, coaches, and teammates, Onuaku affixed a Louisville hat to his head and pledged his name to the Cardinals.

Onuaku will join Louisville with a similar skill set as a player now about to make his NBA debut, seven-footer Gorgui Dieng.

Dieng came to Louisville as a prolific shot blocker, but with an offensive game that still needed to develop. Over the course of his career he did so and he was drafted 21st overall in this year's NBA Draft.

Onuaku told CSN that during his visit to the school this fall, coach Rick Pitino and the staff spoke to him about Dieng and demonstrated how they could help him follow the same trajectory.

Coach Mark Turgeon and the Maryland Terrapins were thought to be a frontrunner for Onuaku for a time, but the commitment of Georgia native Trayvon Reed late in the summer helped to usher Onuaku elsewhere.

He joins Shaqquan Aaron and Jaylen Johnson as part of Louisville's three-man recruiting class. But Pitino & Co. likely aren't done.

Among those still considering the Cardinals is Indianapolis power forward Trey Lyles, a five-star prospect and Top 10 player in the nation.