Chukwu Picks Syracuse

Syracuse basketball has landed a big (literally) transfer center according to a report.

Ben Sigel of NunesMagician.com is reporting that 7-foot-2 transfer center Paschal Chukwu has committed to play basketball at Syracuse. CuseNation.com was able to subsequently confirm the news.

Chukwu was visiting Syracuse this weekend after visiting several other schools including Iona, Kansas, Michigan State, Nebraska and Virginia. He has three years of eligibility left after he sits out the upcoming 2015-16 season.

Chukwu originally committed to Providence out of high school as a four-star center prospect. He seemed to be in line to be the starter this year, but decided to move on. He averaged 2.6 points and 2.4 rebounds during his freshman campaign.

The move also means that Syracuse will defer the start of the scholarship reduction to the 2016-17 season, as they will be at 11 scholarships this season including Chukwu. The NCAA currently has stripped the Orange of three scholarships per year for four due to violations. Syracuse has the option of starting that four year period this season or next, depending on the scholarship situation.

Prior to Chuwku's addition, Syracuse was at the required 10.

This also means that Syracuse may have to have some turnover in order to get to 10 for the 2016-17 season. The addition's of Chukwu and verbal commit Matthew Moyer give them 10 scholarships already. However, Syracuse will add a point guard to the 2016 class, with Tyus Battle still in play.

Chukwu is a legit 7-foot-2 and is a perfect fit for the Syracuse zone. His length and natural shot blocking ability will fill the middle and help protect the rim. This allows the guards and wings to be more aggressive as they have confidence that Chukwu can help eliminate any mistakes. This was the case when Fab Melo was on the team in 2010 and Syracuse was a national title contender. Chuwku can bring that same defensive ability.

He is still raw offensively, but runs the floor well, has solid hands and can finish at the rim. All of these skills make him a perfect for the Orange on both ends of the floor.

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