|Position||Power forward / Center|
July 13, 1987 |
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||275 lb (125 kg)|
|High school||DuVal (Lanham, Maryland)
Episcopal (Alexandria, Virginia)
|NBA draft||2010 / Undrafted|
|Pro playing career||2011–present|
|2011||Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League)|
|2011||Klaipėdos Neptūnas (Lithuania)|
|2012–2013||Canton Charge (D-League)|
|2013||New Orleans Pelicans|
|Career highlights and awards|
Onauku was Episcopal High School's William Caskie Watts MVP Award in his senior season. Onauku was ranked the 13th best center of his year by Scout.com.
Onauku averaged 2.0 points and 2.8 rebounds his freshman year, appearing in 29 games as the team's primary backup to starter Darryl Watkins. The center was named as a Big East Academic All-Star.
As a sophomore, Onauku did not appear in a game after having surgery on his left knee in October 2006.
On October 19, 2007 Onuaku broke a backboard dunking at Manley Field House during Syracuse's Midnight Madness event. He would go on to start every game of Syracuse's 2007-08 season, finishing with averages of 12.7 points and 8.1 rebounds per game while ending ninth in the nation in field-goal percentage (.628). Among his performances was a 14 point and a 16 rebound effort in a 73-60 win over Tulane.
A knee injury would limit Onuaku's production in his junior season, as he was only able to play 26.8 minutes per game. Onuaku would again be among the leaders in the NCAA in field goal percentage (66.7) but would also be among the worst free throw shooters (29.8). Onuaku's best game came against DePaul on January 30, 2009 as he scored a season high 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds in 38 minutes in a 60-55 win.
Onuaku's 15 points and seven rebounds helped then-No. 24 Syracuse to an 87-71 win over then-No. 4 North Carolina on November 20, 2009.
A serious leg injury suffered against Georgetown in the Big East Tournament kept Onuaku out of the NCAA Tournament.
On February 4, 2013, Onuaku was named to the Futures All-Star roster for the 2013 NBA D-League All-Star Game.
- http://www.9wsyr.com/news/local/story.aspx?content_id=61d6b29d-d518-4393-9ede-44a178bbcfdb&rss=112[dead link]
- 7:00 PM ET, December 1, 2007Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY (2007-12-01). "Tulane Green Wave vs. Syracuse Orange - Recap - December 01, 2007 - ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. Retrieved 2013-05-20.
- 8:30 PM ET, January 30, 2008Allstate Arena, Rosemont, IL (2008-01-30). "Syracuse Orange vs. DePaul Blue Demons - Box Score - January 30, 2008 - ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. Retrieved 2013-05-20.
- "Syracuse Orange vs. North Carolina Tar Heels - Box Score - November 20, 2009 - ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. 2009-11-20. Retrieved 2013-05-20.
- 2013 NBA Development League All-Star Game Rosters Announced
- Suns Announce 2013 NBA Summer League Roster
- PELICANS SIGN LANCE THOMAS AND ARINZE ONUAKU
- PELICANS SIGN AMUNDSON AND CHILDRESS
- Charge Sign Onuaku as Returning Player