Southern Utah transfer Randy Onwuasor will visit the Gonzaga Bulldogs on August 1, and will be eligible immediately, Jon Rothstein reported on Thursday.
Southern Utah grad transfer Randy Onwuasor will visit Gonzaga on August 1st, per a source. Immediately eligible.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) July 20, 2017
Onwuasor played two seasons at Texas Tech and transferred to Southern Utah for his junior year, and he exploded. He averaged 23.6 points per game, 6.6 rebounds, and 3.2 assists. He is a high octane scorer with a strong ability to slash and finish at the hoop. Onwuasor averaged nearly eight trips to the free throw line per game last season, shooting 82.7 percent from the charity stripe.
All of those numbers would dip a little at Gonzaga. He wouldn’t be required to shoulder so much of the shooting load, and he would be able to provide some backcourt leadership that extends beyond Josh Perkins and Silas Melson.
Onwuasor is a great scorer, albeit, he doesn’t too it too efficiently. His offensive rating of 106.9 last season would have placed him in last place if he had been on the Gonzaga squad last season. Hopefully, Mark Few and the coaching staff are able to coax a more relaxed version of Onwuasor’s game and can make the guard a better player.
His style of play would compliment Perkins in the backcourt nicely, however. Onwuasor took 32.4 percent of his shots at the rim last season, whereas Perkins settled into being an outside threat—only driving to the hole on 18.5 percent of his field goal attempts.
With Johnathan Williams and Killian Tillie playing large roles in the frontcourt, next season’s version of the Zags is going to spread the court—a lot. A player like Onwuasor would fit in nicely with his ability to find the gaps in the defense and drive a dagger into the heart of the post.
It by no means is a slam dunk for Onwuasor. He has also mentioned interest in Colorado State, Oregon, Texas Southern, and South Carolina. Seeing as how Onwuasor has already scheduled a visit date bodes well for the Zags’ chances.