After making his mark at Riverdale Baptist, averaging 12.3 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks to help lead the Crusaders to the Maryland Private Schools title as a senior, Onuaku continued his ascent in two years at Louisville. Last season, the strong shot blocker and rebounder averaged 9.9 points, 8.5 rebounds and two blocks to earn all-ACC defensive team honors.
Along with his play in the paint, Onuaku also drew attention for his under-handed shooting style at the free-throw line. As awkward as it may look, the approach helped him improve his free-throw percentage from 46.7 as freshman to 58.9 last season for the Cardinals.
Following a strong showing at the NBA draft combine, Onuaku had a minor heart procedure to correct a previously undetected rhythm issue. Though the operation reportedly raised some concerns among teams, factors like his 7-foot-2 3/4 inch wingspan and aggressive mentality outweighed any doubts, leading the Rockets to snag him early in the second round.
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