The Louisville Cardinals were already thrilled when forward Montrezl Harrell decided to come back for his junior year after posting 14 PPG and 8.4 RPG last season. Harrell will only improve and could be a top-10 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.
Even better for coach Rick Pitino and Louisville fans will be the addition of Chinanu Onuaku as part of the excellent 2014 class coming in. Onuaku is considered a true center by all accounts on the defensive end not only because of his size at 6-foot-10 and 220 pounds, but also because of what he does with those measurements.
Scouts believe he will be able to step right in and be an absolute force and difference-maker on defense. The great thing about this for Pitino is that he likes to have teams run after turnovers and blocks. Harrell and Onuaku will change the game with their defense. That duo will flip the offense over in a hurry and make scoring opportunities more prevalent. Onuaku is also a very strong rebounder, and that will add even more to defensive run-outs and offensive rebounding scoring.
The only real concern with Onuaku is how raw he seems to be on offense. He does not have a go-to move and when the ball goes into his hands in the post, the game may come to a halt. Still, with just his length, he should be able to help on offense because of tip-ins and finishing off alley-oops.
Onuaku is one of several new faces coming onto campus next season, and he may be the one that offers the most because of how much of a presence he will be on defense. The Cardinals will give all the other ACC teams fits next season.