May 30, 2024

Ugonna Onyenso is not your regular Nigerian teenager. Standing at almost 7’0 feet tall with a 7foot 5inchses wing span and a lanky frame, he always stands out in the midst of regular people.

In this article, we would be letting out insight on Nigerian-born big man who models his game after NBA Superstar and fellow-countryman Giannis Antetokounmpo.

The Journey Before The Journey

Ugonna Kingsley Onyenso [Full Names] originally hails from Abia State but was raised in Imo State in the eastern part of Nigeria.

Having the only imposing frame in the family (Mum-5’5, Dad-5’8), Ugonna tried out his sports abilities in soccer for a while before making the switch to Basketball.

Did you know his Mum advised him to make the switch to Basketball? Well, now you know.

Having defined his path in sports early on, Ugonna linked up with the right coaches in Nigeria and began his NBA journey.

A Brief Stop at NBA Academy Senegal

After playing for two years in Nigeria, Ugonna Moved to NBA Academy Senegal, where his skillset and game were remodeled.

Ugonna Onyenso

The upcoming center had this to say about the NBA Academy coaches 👇

“The way the coaches are(NBA Academy), how hard they push us, that’s the most impressive thing there.

I mean my coach always tells me where he comes from…it’s either you kill or you get killed, so that thing is always stuck in my head.

I mean you gotta work for what you want. You have to work like it’s all about working there, it’s all about work”. -Kingsley Ugonna

Its been a roller coaster of events for Ugonna and it’s not stopping any time soon.

U.S. Exodus

Heading into the US was the same grind but in a much more different setting for our young Bull in the making.

Putnam Science Academy.

He was an instant success on his high school team as a strong rim protector.

During his time with the team, Kingsley maintained an average of 13.2 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 2.7 blocks per game, contributing to the team’s undefeated 20-0 record.

Ugonna Onyenso

“He can protect the rim at the next level. His touch is great, he’s a quick learner, and they can see him picking up the speed of the game very quickly. He’s an elite rim protector so that’s something that coaches think translates immediately.”-Coach Dana Valentine ,Putnam Academy Assistant Coach

Playing in the AAU brought a different exposure but had the much needed impact and development on Kingsley’s game.

Kingsley suited up for Team New England and New York Jayhawks for AAU games. This brought the much-needed grind.

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At the Pangos All American Basketball Camp, Ugonna impressed so much that he moved to number five spot in ON3 sports recruiting ladder.

PAAB camp have credible alumnus in James Harden, Zach Lavine, John Wall and a host of others (Matter of fact about 156 active and retired players NBA players are alumnus).

Watch clip of Kingsley highlights below;

After this event, he became ranked as a four- star prospect in class of 2023 by 247 sports rankings.

They also listed him as a top-25 player in the class 2023 and overall and number 1 Centre in class of 2022.

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It is obvious that our young bull is catching the eye’s of alot of persons out there.

College Carrier in the Works?

It didn’t take long for coaches of US top universities to place their radar on him. After all his strong defensive prowess speaks volumes.

Kansas State, Syracuse, Ohio State and Georgetown, Tennessee, Oklahoma all joined in the race for his commitment to their college basketball program.

Back home in Nigeria he featured for the national team D’Tigers in a qualifying game in the last quarter of 2021 coached by Julius Nwosu

In his debut, he scored 10 points, four rebounds and two blocks in 16 minutes against Uganda, thus becoming the youngest player in history to play for the Nigerian national team at age 17.

Ugonna Onyenso

Positive Realities…

As at the time of this report, Ugonna Kingsley Onyenso had already committed to Kentucky Wildcats.

This happened via a youtube live stream page interview with Adam Finkelstein of 247 sports. Click here to watch

From a perspective, we at ReboundNG think Kentucky is a perfect fit for Ugonna. What do y’all think? The comment section is open.

Final Words

Ugonna gave words of praise and appreciation for the numerous coaches he’s worked with it all through his formative stages.

From Coach Kelvin Okoro, Coach Angela Nzekwe, Coach Kelechi, Coach Kareem, Coach Roland, Coach Joe, Coach Alfred, Coach Dana and others too numerous to mention.

We’ll keep tabs on our young bull as he progresses on his NBA Journey. Stay with us.

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