Former Scout 100 and four-star center Paschal Chukwu is transferring from Providence after his freshman campaign, and Syracuse is reportedly on his list of school. According to Ben Sigel at NunesMagician.com, the 7-foot-2 center will visit the Orange before making his final decision.
As a true freshman, he averaged 2.6 points and 2.4 rebounds in approximately 10 minutes per game. He was in line to be the starter at center for Providence for the 2015-16 season. After sitting out the 2015-16 season, he will have three years of eligibility remaining.
Currently, Syracuse is slated to have DaJuan Coleman, Moustapha Diagne and Chinonso Obokoh as center prospects on the roster. However, Coleman’s health remains a question mark and depth will be needed. Syracuse is recruiting bigs for the 2016 class in addition to their strong interest in an elite point guard. If Chukwu chose Syracuse, it would essentially eliminate their interest in 2016 centers such as James Banks and Sedee Keita, both of whom hold offers.
Syracuse would then theoretically be out of scholarships for the 2016-17 season due to NCAA sanctions. However, if Coleman is unable to shake the injury bug or the NCAA gives a scholarship back after the Orange appeal, there would still be a slot for a lead guard. It is likely that Syracuse would take a commitment from either Alterique Gilbert or Kobi Simmons, two Scout 100 point guard prospects in the 2016 class, and figure the scholarship situation out after the appeal is heard.