Onuaku heads straight to Puerto Rico after KBL regular season ends… A strong debut

Onuaku heads to Puerto Rico.

On Friday, Chinanu Onuaku played in the opening game of the new season for Santeros de Aguada of the Baloncesto Superior Nacional (BSN) of the Puerto Rico Professional Basketball League.

Onuaku spent the 2023-2024 season with the Goyang Sono Skygunners of the KBL. He joined the team shortly after the start of the season as a replacement foreign player for Jarrod Jones 텍사스홀덤사이트 and spent the season as the first option foreign player.

His skill set is undeniable. The 6-foot-9 center averaged 18.9 points, 12.4 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 1.4 steals per game, making him a solid perimeter presence. He could dominate inside when he wanted to, and even outplayed three-time Foreign Player of the Year Jamil Warne in head-to-head matchups.

But his flaws were all too apparent. He was up and down from game to game, seemingly depending on his mood, and he was criticized for dirty play. There were plenty of games where he was sent to the bench after a lackluster performance.

It’s unclear if Onuaku, who has been consistent, will stick with Sono next season. For now, Sono ended the regular season with an overtime win against KT on March 31st.

The KBL season ended, but Onuaku didn’t take a break: He immediately traveled to Puerto Rico to join another team.

Onuaku’s move to the Puerto Rican league was preordained. Sono had already been eliminated from the playoffs and the league schedules didn’t overlap. Local media had been reporting on the signing since late March, and Onuaku made his debut in Aguada’s opening game.

The league may have changed, but Onuaku’s power remained the same. After scoring the team’s first points on an inside move, Onuaku finished with 21 points and six rebounds in 26 minutes of action, tying for the team’s top scorer. Facing the likes of former NBA player Ed Davis, he didn’t make any of his three 3-pointers, but he shot a respectable 64.3% (9-of-14) from the field.

Onuaku, however, was unable to lead his team to victory, although he did hit a mid-range jumper to cut the deficit to one point late in the fourth quarter. Aguada fell to Santurce, 69-76, in its opening game.

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