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2016-17 Buffalo Women’s Basketball Previews: Theresa “Tessy” Onwuka

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Praised as a difference maker who will relentlessly attack the basket, Buffalo brings in another international recruit with Onwuka.

The Basics

Number: 11

Year: Freshman

Position: Guard

Hometown: Asaba, Delta State, Nigeria

Height: 5-10

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Before UB

It isn’t easy to find stats on Onwuka’s basketball endeavors before UB. In fact, her track and field performances — which she holds several school records at Lake Forest Academy — dominate a simple google search. What can be found is that Onwuka averaged a hefty 20 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists per game as a Junior. Theresa hails from Nigeria and made her way to the States thanks to WorldPlayer ID. When arriving, she made her way to Lee Academy — which former men’s player Rodell Wigginton came from — before moving on to Chicago.

Further Reading and Viewing:

Bull Run: Women's Basketball gets commitment from 5-10 Theresa Onwuka

LFA’s Onwuka Making a Name for Herself

“I like her post moves, the way she handles the ball, her shot,” Onwuka said of the 6-foot forward. “Her all-around game … it’s great. She works hard on the court. To be able to watch her play [in person], that would be the best day of my life.”

Lake Forest Academy savors victory over St. Viator

"That girl (Onwuka) is tough. She was a handful. We went to a box and one but they handled it pretty well. They had some secondary kids hit shots."

This is from before she came to the U.S.:

2016-17 Outlook

From everything I read, Onwuka is definitely a good fit for Coach Jack’s program but for now she will have a smaller role. Women’s hoops is loaded with guards at the moment but Onwuka could definitely sneak her way into the rotation.