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Tuesday / April 23.
  • Ugonna Kingsley Onyenso announces return to Kentucky

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    After initially opting to transfer, Kentucky freshman big man Ugonna Kingsley Onyenso announced Wednesday he will return to the school.

    With Oscar Tshiebwe opting to declare for the NBA Draft while maintaining his eligibility, the biggest issue for Onyenso was his role and minutes, one source said.

    The 6-foot-11 Onyenso appeared in 16 games this season, averaging 2.5 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.0 blocks

    “Coach Cal’s style of play is made for the NBA,” Kingsley Onyenso said when he committed a year ago. “He teaches the bigs how to make the right reads, helps build confidence by allowing all his players to shoot and handle the ball and lastly, he instills a professional mentality to how we’ll approach the game.” 

    Kentucky freshman Chris Livingston also announced Wednesday he will declare for the NBA Draft while maintaining his eligibility.

    The 6-6 Akron native averaged 6.3 points and 4.2 rebounds.

    (This post was updated on April 13)

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

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