Former Providence Friars center Paschal Chukwu will visit Syracuse this weekend. Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reported the story.
Chukwu has already visited Michigan State, Kansas and Nebraska, so Syracuse is probably just next on the list. It’d certainly be a fine destination for him, as the Orange lost two key interior players to last night’s NBA Draft in Chris McCullough and Rakeem Christmas.
The team has returning players in Chinoso Obokoh and Dajuan Coleman that can help on the inside, but Coleman has been oft-injured and Obokoh is inexperienced. Moustapha Diagne has talent, but is only a freshman.
The same cannot be said for Chukwu, who has incredible size at 7-foot-2, 226 pounds and averaged 2.6 points and 2.4 rebounds in limited minutes for the Friars last season. He would have to sit out a year per NCAA transfer rules, but Syracuse’s system is one in which he could flourish under Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim.
Chukwu probably wouldn’t score a lot of points, but the former four-star recruit would give the Orange a dominant defensive presence in the middle that could frustrate the many fast-paced, run-and-gun teams of the ACC.
Chukwu has yet to make a decision, but Campus Sports will update this story as more information becomes available.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to USA TODAY Sports