Former Providence Friars big man Paschal Chukwu will visit Kansas, Nebraska, Virginia and Michigan State as he figures out where to continue his college basketball career. Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reported the update on the 7’2″, 226 pound center from Westport, Connecticut.
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A former four-star recruit, Chukwu averaged 2.6 points and 2.4 rebounds over 9.9 minutes per game in his sole season playing under Ed Cooley. Providence went 22-12 (11-7 Big East) and made the NCAA Tournament as a No. 6 seed before losing to No. 11 Dayton in the Round of 64.
Chukwu will need to sit out a year before suiting up for any team, per NCAA transfer rules, but it should be noted that each of the four schools mentioned by Rothstein will need a big man by the 2016-17 campaign, and even for the upcoming season. Michigan State made the Final Four in 2015, but lost to Duke because of the lack of a solid low post presence in the middle.
The same can be said about Virginia, a team that makes its bones with a quick scoring attack. Or Nebraska, which needs a center to help keep up with the rest of the pack in the Big Ten.
Then, there’s Kansas. The Jayhawks are about to lose Cliff Alexander to the NBA draft, but then there’s the case of rising senior Perry Ellis. He led the team with 6.9 rebounds per game last season, and head coach Bill Self would be wise to add another big body to take over, especially if incoming freshman Cheick Diallo decides to leave for the NBA after one year or just doesn’t work out, for whatever reason.
Either way, with his size and abilities, Chukwu will have his pick of schools once the offers come rolling in. Campus Sports will update his decision as he narrows down his list.