After transferring from Providence in May, Paschal Chukwu has decided to attend Syracuse to presumably finish out his college career. He will have to sit out the 2015-16 season, but will have three years of eligibility left for the Orange.
Chukwu, a 7’2” center from Westport, Connecticut, represents the first player to commit to playing for Syracuse while knowing Mike Hopkins will be his coach at the end of his career. If you recall, Syracuse tabbed Hopkins as “head coach designate” last week.
Playing in the middle of Syracuse’s 2-3 zone was a major selling point to Chukwu. That and his room for growth on offense.
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“I believe it’s a place where I can make my dream come true,” Chukwu said in a series of text messages Sunday evening. “The whole atmosphere was really good. I was convinced that it’s the right place for me.”
Chukwu’s height, length and wingspan could make him a defensive force inside Syracuse’s 2-3 zone.
“It’s definitely one of the attractions,” Chukwu said of playing in the middle of the 2-3 zone, “but I’m more focused on what they’ll help me do offensively.”
Chukwu is coming off a season where he showed promise for the Friars, but averaged just 2.6 points and 2.4 rebounds while shooting .660 percent from the field. He chose the Orange over interest from Michigan State, Kansas and Nebraska.