Chukwu visits Hawk Hill

At the end of the 2013-2014 season, Saint Joseph's will lose their two starting frontcourt players. Ron Roberts and Halil Kanacevic graduate in May. Over the weekend, the Hawks hosted a 2014 center that would certainly help ease the transition.

2014 Fairfield Prep (CT) center Paschal Chukwu took an official visit to Hawk Hill on Sunday and Monday. The athletic 7'1 shot-blocker drew all sorts of attention over the summer, but has now reportedly trimmed his list to two: Providence and Saint Joseph's.

Providence head coach Ed Cooley and Saint Joseph's main man Phil Martelli tracked the native Nigerian's every move this summer, and their diligence paid off. UConn, Georgetown, Syracuse, Virginia, St. John's, and NC State were among the other schools highly interested in Paschal.

Chukwu visited Providence for their elite camp earlier in August, before making his trip to St. Joe's. With both visits complete, it would appear that a decision could be looming in the near future.

Getting a commitment from Paschal would be program-changing for both Providence and the Hawks. At Providence, Paschal's commitment could possibly help in Ed Cooley's pursuit of Jared Terrell and Abdul Malik Abu. He would also be able to pair up with talented players like Jalen Lindsey, Brandon Austin, and Kris Dunn.

On Hawk Hill, Paschal's commitment would likely help as they go after top 2014 targets such as James Demery and Markell Lodge, who visit on September 5th. Phil Martelli already has a point guard commitment in 2014 in New York City native Shavar Newkirk.

Paschal would also team up with talented freshman DeAndre Bembry, sophomore shooting forward Isaiah Miles, redshirt freshman point guard Kyle Molock, upperclassman Chris Wilson, and big-bodied posts Jai Williams and Javon Baumann.

Chukwu, ranked as the 8th-best center in the 2014 class by Scout, played AAU ball the past two years with the Connecticut Basketball Club. With his AAU career now behind him, and his senior year of high school on the doorstep, Paschal has his list of schools down to two. At the end of the day, he will be making either Ed Cooley or Phil Martelli a happy, and lucky, man.

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