On Saturday, Newsday released its annual list of the Top 100 boys’ basketball players on Long Island. Senior Charlie Onana Awana was included among the best players in the public, private, and Catholic school leagues, joining CJ Edwards and Oskar Humpert as the only Bears to make the Top 100 in team history.
Here is what Newsday had to say about our 6’7″ forward:
Onana Awana transferred in from the NBA Academy in Senegal in the fall, and the Cameroon import gives the Bears a considerable weapon who can score both on the interior and from three-point range.
Onana Awana was also featured in NYC Hoops earlier this season in their article, “NY 2023’s Coming out from Under the Radar”:
Our first prospect up is 6’7” wing Charlie Awana (Stony Brook School ’23) who is expected to have a massive final season for the Bears. Awana is an international player originally from Cameroon who brings experience from playing in the NBA Academy. He’s long and lean, possesses tremendous athleticism, plus can handle the ball. His wingspan and vertical are eye-popping as well as his knack for the ball. While some have started to hear about Awana and predict he’ll be successful, he’s yet to receive an offer. We believe Awana is closing in and once he gets seen on the court this year, they should start to roll in. Keep an eye out for the bouncy senior as well as the rest of the Bears.
In the season opener against Class AA Smithtown West, Onana Awana dropped in 17 points and connected on a trio of 3-pointers to lead the Bears. His athleticism, anticipation, and understanding of the game have already made him a crowd favorite in Swanson. His two-handed, thunderous dunk off of a fast break alley-oop in the last game against St. Dominic’s nearly brought the house down.
Onana Awana and the Bears are back in action Thursday afternoon in a non-league match-up at Hampton Bays.