UConn Men’s Basketball is starting to rebuild its roster after the wave attrition through following the 2016-2017 season as Kevin Ollie and his staff landed a commitment from graduate transfer David Onuorah Tuesday evening.
Onuorah comes to Storrs after spending four years at Cornell. Like Shonn Miller, who played his final year of eligibility for the Huskies after going to the Big Red, he had to transfer because the Ivy League does not allow a fifth year of eligibility.
Onuorah is originally from Lithonia, Georgia and, at 6-foot-9, 230 pounds, can serve as a bruiser down low for the Huskies. They sorely need big men after Amida Brimah, Steven Enoch, Kentan Facey and Juwan Durham all left the team during this offseason.
He played just one game for Cornell last year, starting for the Big Red in their opener against Binghamton. He played 20 minutes, scoring four points and grabbing five rebounds along with a block. He did not play again in 2016-17, taking a redshirt year.
In his first three seasons for Cornell, Onuorah averaged 3.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per contest while making 80 starts in 87 games.
Onuorah is slightly larger than his Cornell counterpart in Miller, who stood at 6-foot-7 and weighed 222 pounds but Miller had better stats in his final year in Ithaca and is ultimately a different type of player. Onuorah will need to provide a veteran presence down low and in the locker room while giving solid minutes down low. In a wide open competition for minutes up front, he could even end up being a starter.