Nigeria’s Onyenso signs for Kentucky Wildcats | Dailytrust

Nigeria’s Onyenso signs for Kentucky Wildcats

Ugonna Kingsley Onyenso
Ugonna Kingsley Onyenso

By Esosa Osa

Nigeria’s young basketball sensation, Ugonna Kingsley Onyenso, has signed for Kentucky Wildcats after spending the past season at Putnam Science Academy in Connecticut.

An imposing frontcourt player in the 2023 class, Onyenso has signed with the Kentucky men’s basketball programme and will reclassify to join the 2022-23 roster.

 He is now the fourth first-year player to sign with the Wildcats for the upcoming season, joining Chris Livingston, Adou Thiero and Cason Wallace.

Playing at the NBA Academy Games this summer, Onyenso scored in double figures in each of the six games he appeared. He averaged 13.2 points, 9.2 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game, while also connecting on 64.4% of his field-goal attempts.

 “What excited me most about Ugonna is he wanted to not only be here but wanted to be here to train with us and learn from guys like Oscar (Tshiebwe) and Lance (Ware) immediately and help us chase a national title,” UK head coach John Calipari said.

“Ugonna has unbelievable natural athleticism and great instincts for a young player. He is going to be able to defend at the rim and is a terrific finisher,” Calipari added.

The Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria, native follows the same path that former Wildcat Hamidou Diallo, took.

 He is one of the youngest players ever to make the senior men’s Nigerian National Team. Onyenso made his debut with the team at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 African Qualifiers in November of 202.

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