Orlando Magic White were crowned the Orlando Summer League champions Friday afternoon as they defeated the undefeated Detroit Pistons. Treveon Graham was the star of the team but teammate Arinze Onuaku was another key for them behind them staying undefeated throughout the series.
The former Syracuse center reached double figures in all five of his games in the series. In fact, Onuaku almost finished the Summer League averaging a double-double, 14.8 points and 9.8 rebounds to be exact. Onuaku has shown a lot of promise, but one thing is standing in the way of the 6'9 prospect and that is his age. He is 28 years old, but his age has not shown in any of his performances in which his stats back up.
Onuaku's ability to quickly get to the rim to shoot and his tenacious defense can be shown in the clip below, where Onuaku scored 13 points and 9 rebounds on 6-9 shooting in the win over the Charlotte Hornets. Onuaku has the ability to finish through traffic, while putting up a soft touch with his left hook jumper over defenders around the rim.
Overall, Onuaku can set himself up to be one of unsigned players to sign with a team for the upcoming 2016-2017 season. Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders posted a tweet, citing that the center has indeed gained interest from teams after his remarkable performance in Orlando.
Several teams interested in Arinze Onuaku, who averaged 14.8 points (62.5% from field), 9.8 boards, 1.2 blocks for ORL's undefeated SL team.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 8, 2016
Staying consistent and healthy, Onuaku can find himself on an NBA roster, showing that hard work pays off.