Arinze Onuaku

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Arinze Onuaku
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Indiana Pacers
Position Power forward / Center
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1987-07-13) July 13, 1987 (age 27)
Lanham, Maryland
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 275 lb (125 kg)
Career information
High school DuVal (Lanham, Maryland)
Episcopal (Alexandria, Virginia)
College Syracuse (2005–2010)
NBA draft 2010 / Undrafted
Pro career 2011–present
Career history
2011 Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League)
2011 Klaipėdos Neptūnas (Lithuania)
2012–2013 Canton Charge (D-League)
2013 New Orleans Pelicans
2013–2014 Canton Charge
2014 Cleveland Cavaliers
2014 →Canton Charge
2014 Canton Charge
2014–present Indiana Pacers
Career highlights and awards
  • All-NBA D-League Third Team (2014)
  • 2x NBA D-League All-Star (2013–2014)

Arinze Christopher Onuaku (born July 13, 1987) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Indiana Pacers of the NBA. He played college basketball for Syracuse University.

High school career[edit]

Onuaku attended DuVal High School in Lanham, Maryland before transferring in 2003, following his sophomore year, to Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia.[1] As a senior in 2004–05, he earned the Episcopal High School William Caskie Watts MVP Award after helping his squad to a 12-11 record.[2]

College career[edit]

In his freshman season at Syracuse, Onuaku was named to the Big East Conference All-Academic Team and earned SU Athletic Director’s Honor Roll recognition in each of his first two semesters. In 29 games, he averaged 2.0 points and 2.8 rebounds per game.[2][3]

In October 2006, he underwent surgery on his left knee and subsequently redshirted the 2006–07 season. He was, however, named to the Big East Conference All-Academic Team and earned SU Athletic Director’s Honor Roll recognition for the second straight year following the fall and spring semesters.[2][3]

In his redshirted sophomore season, he ranked second in the Big East Conference and ninth in the nation in field-goal percentage with 62.8%. He was named to the Big East Conference All-Academic Team for the third straight year, and was on the SU Athletic Director’s Honor Roll for the fall semester. In 35 games, he averaged 12.7 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.3 blocks per game.[2][3]

In his junior season, he was again named to the SU Athletic Director’s Honor Roll for the fall semester. In 38 games, he averaged 10.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game.[2][3]

In his senior season, he became the 52nd player in Syracuse history to score 1,000 points with four against Florida on December 10, 2009.[4] For the fourth straight year, he was named to the SU Athletic Director’s Honor Roll for the fall semester. He also earned 2009 Pre-season All-Big East Honorable Mention honors. In March 2010, he suffered a season-ending leg injury during the Big East Tournament quarter-finals against Georgetown. In 32 games (31 starts), he averaged 10.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 22.8 minutes per game.[2][3]

Onuaku finished his career first on the Syracuse all-time list with a .648 field goal percentage (540-for-833), and 11th all-time with 148 blocked shots.[2]

Professional career[edit]

2010–11 season[edit]

Onuaku went undrafted in the 2010 NBA draft. On March 2, 2011, he was acquired by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.[5]

2011–12 season[edit]

On September 14, 2011, Onuaku signed with Klaipėdos Neptūnas of Lithuania for the 2011–12 season.[6] In December 2011, he parted ways with Neptūnas following a knee injury.

2012–13 season[edit]

On November 2, 2012, Onuaku was selected by the Reno Bighorns in the fourth round of the 2012 NBA D-League draft. Four days later, he was traded to the Canton Charge. On February 4, 2013, he was named to the Futures All-Star roster for the 2013 NBA D-League All-Star Game.[7]

2013–14 season[edit]

In July 2013, Onuaku joined the Phoenix Suns for the 2013 NBA Summer League.[8]

On August 22, 2013, Onuaku signed with the New Orleans Pelicans.[9] On November 12, 2013, he was waived by the Pelicans.[10] On November 27, 2013, he was re-acquired by the Canton Charge.[11] On February 13, 2014, he was named to the Futures All-Star team for the 2014 NBA D-League All-Star Game, as a replacement for Dewayne Dedmon.[12]

On February 22, 2014, Onuaku signed a 10-day contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers.[13] He was assigned back down to the Charge the same day.[14] The next day, he was recalled by the Cavaliers.[15] On March 4, 2014, he signed a second 10-day contract with the Cavaliers.[16] On March 8, 2014, he was reassigned to the Charge. He was recalled the same day after playing in the Charge's 118-110 win over the Idaho Stampede.[17][18] He also received assignments to the Charge on March 9 and March 11.[19] On March 12, 2014, he was waived by the Cavaliers.[20] The next day, he was re-acquired by the Charge.

2014–15 season[edit]

In July 2014, Onuaku joined the Indiana Pacers for the 2014 NBA Summer League.[21] On September 5, 2014, he signed with the Pacers.[22]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2013–14 New Orleans 3 0 8.3 .250 .000 .500 2.3 1.0 .0 .0 1.0
2013–14 Cleveland 2 0 2.5 .000 .000 .000 .5 .0 .0 .0 .0
Career 5 0 6.0 .200 .000 .500 1.6 .6 .0 .0 .6

Personal[edit]

Onuaku is the son of Christopher and Anastasia Onuaku.[2]

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