Five things you may not know about Arinze Onuaku
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Pelicans.com, @Jim_Eichenhofer
1) According to at least one report, it was no surprise that the 6-foot-9, 261-pound Onuaku was invited to training camp by an NBA team this year. An anonymous scout who watched Onuaku play for the Phoenix Suns at 2013 summer league: “He did a nice job. He’s a big who plays like a big.”
2) Knee injuries have periodically hampered his career, dating back to college at Syracuse University. He missed the 2006-07 college season and couldn’t play in the 2010 NCAA Tournament due to the injury.
3) Last season was his best as a pro, including nearly averaging a double-double at 12.6 points and 9.5 rebounds for the Canton Charge of the D-League. He is currently the D-League’s 16th-ranked prospect.
4) He finished his college career as Syracuse’s all-time leader in field-goal percentage (64.8), but was one of the program’s poorest foul shooters (39.5). He’s shown improvement in the latter statistic while playing in the D-League, however, connecting on 56.6 percent of his tries in 2012-13.
5) During a Midnight Madness open practice at Syracuse’s Manley Field House on Oct. 19, 2007, Onuaku broke a backboard with a two-handed slam.