Vipers Acquire Former Syracuse Star

Arinze Onuaku (Courtesy Syracuse Athletics)

March 2, 2011

MCALLEN – The defending NBA Development League champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers announced Wednesday that they have acquired power forward Arinze Onuaku (6-9, 261, Syracuse).

In his final collegiate season, Onuaku averaged 10.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 32 games before suffering a season-ending leg injury during the Big East Tournament in March 2010. During that season, Onuaku set a Syracuse single-season record with a .668 shooting percentage (153-for-229). Onuaku finished his career first on the Syracuse all-time list with a .648 field goal percentage (540-for-833). He is also 11th all-time with 148 blocked shots.

His best season came as a red-shirt sophomore when he averaged 12.7 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 35 games while helping the Orange to the quarterfinals of the NIT.

The Rio Grande Valley Vipers are the NBA Development League affiliate of the NBA Houston Rockets. The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league whose teams have direct affiliations to NBA franchises. For the 2010-11 season, the league will feature 16 teams – including the debut of the Texas Legends. A proven developer of talent, 20 percent of players in the NBA at the conclusion of the 2009-10 season boasted NBA D-League experience, while the league continues to develop coaches, referees, and front-office staff for the NBA and its teams. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA. Throughout the league’s 10th season, fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA Futurecast, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast.