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Kansas State to Host Top-Ranked Center in Transfer Portal Ugonna Onyenso

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Jerome Tang and the Kansas State Wildcats are set to host the top-ranked center in the transfer portal on Monday, Kentucky transfer Ugonna Onyenso.

Onyenso, a 7-foot, 247-pound center from Nigeria, withdrew his name from the NBA Draft process prior to the deadline and became a hot commodity in the transfer portal.


News of the visit was first reported by On3’s Joe Tipton, who also mentioned, “I’ve also been told Jerome Tang and the Wildcats are carrying the momentum heading into the visit.”

The sophomore big man played just 18.4 minutes per game in his second season of college basketball but quickly emerged as one of the top shot blockers in the nation. Last season at Kentucky, Onyenso posted 3.6 points and 4.8 rebounds per game while sending back 2.8 blocks per game, which would have placed inside of the top five had the Nigeria native met the minimum minutes requirement.

Coming out of Putnam Science Academy in the Class of 2022, Onyenso was listed as a four-star prospect by the 247Sports index and the nation’s 36th-ranked prospect. He also checked in as the ninth-ranked player at his position and the top-ranked player in the state of Connecticut.

While K-State will have to beat out some impressive programs in contention for Onyenso, should the sophomore center wind up in the Big 12 Conference as a Wildcat, the league will have added yet another talented big man to its ranks.

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