EKU Basketball adds more talent to already loaded recruiting class


Courtesy EKU Sports:
David Onanina, a three-star, 6-foot-8 center, will join the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball program, head coach A.W. Hamilton announced today.

Onanina has a 247Sports composite three-star rating.  He is ranked as the 48th-best center in the nation by 247Sports and as the 13th-best prospect in the state of Virginia.

As a senior this past season at Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, Onanina averaged 10 points, 10 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game.  He helped Bishop O’Connell reach the final four at the Virginia state championship.

David is in a class of his own when it comes to toughness and physicality,” said Hamilton.  “His high energy and competitive nature make him an elite rebounder.  Big Dave is a great addition to our program.”

The 230-pound Onanina is the latest addition to a recruiting class ranked as high as 65th in the country by 247Sports.  The class also includes EKU’s first-ever ESPN four-star freshman recruit in point guard Leland Walker, three-star point guard Tayshawn Comer, junior college All-American John Ukomadu, Kentucky Mr. Basketball Turner Buttry, 6-foot-10 forward Dardan Kapiti and former four-star recruit Taelon Martin.  Walker and Comer are rated among the top-40 high school point guards in the nation.

It is the highest rated Eastern Kentucky class in the internet recruiting era.

Onanina was a first team all-tournament selection at the Jerry Tarkanian Classic.  He led his team to the championship at the prestigious Myrtle Beach Ball Classic this past season as well.

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