The Providence Friars got some bad news Monday, as promising 7’2” center Paschal Chukwu decided to transfer from the school after spending only one season with the Friars.
Jon Rothstein of CBSSports.com confirmed the news:
Providence big man Paschal Chukwu will transfer, sources told CBSSports.com.
He will have three years of eligibility remaining after sitting out next season per NCAA rules.
While a bit raw, Chukwu has unlimited upside, especially for a man of his size. Considering that last year’s starting center Carson Desrosiers is departing, Chukwu had a good shot at starting for Ed Cooley’s club next season. Hence, this transfer is a tad shocking.
Now the Friars will have to try to lean more on Ben Bentil for help in the frountcourt. Newcomers Rodney Bullock and Alex Owens will also help. As a former four-star prospect and top-100 recruit, there will likely be no shortage of suitors for Chukwu, though.
Chukwu is coming off a season in which he averaged 2.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 0.7 blocks per game in just 9.8 minutes per game. He also shot a robust .660 percent from the field.
Providence is coming off a season in which they went 22-12 while losing to Dayton in the Round of 64.