The Syracuse basketball team took a hit in the post today. Paschal Chukwu, the 7-foot-2 Orange center, had surgery to repair a torn retina in his eye.
He is expected bot be out indefinitely with no timetable yet set for his return.
Chukwu had been having trouble with the eye since November. On an attempted no-look pass from John Gillion, the ball hit him directly in the eye. He wore protective goggles in his next game and has been suffering from blurriness in the eye since the incident.
INJURY UPDATE: Center Paschal Chukwu is OUT today with a torn retina in his right eye. Procedure to repair was performed this morning. pic.twitter.com/uqYReLOqoT
— Syracuse Basketball (@Cuse_MBB) December 17, 2016
Chukwu is in his first year of eligibility as a transfer student from Providence.
He was ineligible to play in Syracuse’s deep tournament run last season as a result. In a mostly reserve role, Chukwu has averaged 1.7 points and 4.1 rebounds in 15.4 minutes per game.
He has struggled at times defensively, though, now facing a higher level of competition in the ACC.
At his massive size, Chukwu holds the distinction of being the tallest player in Syracuse basketball history.
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