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Chinanu Onauku

USA Basketball Notes

  • Named a member of the February 2019 USA Basketball Men’s World Cup Qualifying Team on Feb. 19, 2019.
  • Member of the 2015 USA Basketball U19 National Team that captured the gold medal with a perfect 7-0 record at the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship in Heraklion, Greece; averaged 15.5 minutes, 4.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocked shots. Shot 65.0 percent from the field.

Professional Notes

  • Has played in six NBA regular season games with the Houston Rockets, one game in 2017-18 and five games in 2016-17. Also has played in one NBA Playoff game with Houston.
  • Playing in 2018-19 with the NBA G League Greensboro Swarm.  Has played and started in 28 games, averaging 29.4 minutes, 14.7 points and 12.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.7 blocked shots a game. Shooting 54.3 percent from the field.
  • Played one regular season game with Houston Rockets in 2017-18. Averaged 21.6 minutes, 4.0 points and 4.0 rebounds a game. Shot 40.0 percent from the field.
  • Played one Playoff game with Houston Rockets in 2017-18. Averaged 3.2 minutes, 1.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.0 steals a game.
  • Played in 2017-18 for NBA G League Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Played in 40 games, started in 39 games, averaged 25.6 minutes, 10.8 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.2 blocked shot a game. Shot 60.2 percent from the field and 66.7 percent from the foul line.
  • Played five regular season games and in started one game with the Houston Rockets in 2016-17. Averaged 10.3 minutes, 2.8 points and 2.0 rebounds a game. Shot 71.4 percent from the field.
  • Played in 2016-17 for NBA G League Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Played in 43 games, started in 40 games, averaged 28.0 minutes, 13.6 points, 10.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.6 blocked shot a game. Shot 63.8 percent from the field and 73.2 percent from the foul line.
  • Selected by the Greensboro Swarm as the second overall pick in the 2018 NBA G League Draft.
  • Selected by the Houston Rockets with the 37th overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft.

College Notes

  • Played two seasons (2014-15 and 2015-16) at the University of Louisville.  
  • Played in 66 games, started in 55 games, compiled 411 points (6.2 ppg.), 423 rebounds (6.4 rpg.), 70 assists (1.1 apg.) and 104 blocked shots (1.6 bpg.). Shot 61.9 percent from the field.
  • Helped lead Louisville to an overall 49-17 record and a 74.2 winning percentage.
  • As a sophomore (2015-16), played in 31 games, started in 29 games, averaged 24.6 minutes, 9.9 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots a game. Shot 62.0 percent from the field. Named All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) honorable mention and ACC All-Defensive Team.
  • As a freshman (2014-15), played in 35 games, started in 26 games, averaged 17.8 minutes, 3.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocked shots a game. Shot 61.6 percent from the field.

Personal Notes

  • Son of Nwaneka and Christopher Onuaku. Has three older siblings  - Ify, Arinze and Chuk.
  • Name is pronounced chih-NAH-noo on-ooh-AHH-koo.

USA Basketball Statistics

TEAM G/S FGM-FGA PCT 3PM-3PA PCT FTM-FTA PCT REB/AVG PTS/AVG AST BLK STL
2015 U19
7/6 13- 20
.650 0- 0
.--- 6- 10
.600 35/5.0 32/ 4.6
4 12 10
Totals 7/6 13- 20
.650 0- 0
.--- 6- 10
.600 35/ 5.0
32/ 4.6
4 12 10

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