AMHERST, Mass. — In the Class of 2014, one player who should continue making a name for himself is 7-foot-2 center Paschal Chukwu. He is fresh off his junior season at Fairfield College Preparatory School (Conn.), leading the Jesuits to the championship game of the Class LL.
Chukwu is currently on the AAU circuit with Connecticut Basketball Club and the development in his offensive game has been noticeable Standing over 7-feet, Chukwu is a natural shot blocker and will clean up on the glass, but on being a factor on the other side of the floor is what Chukwu is focused on this summer.
“I’m constantly working on my offensive game. It’s not quiet where I want it to be,” Chukwu told NBC Sports. “I want to be unstoppable. That would be my goal.”
I don’t just want to be known as a shot blocker. I want to be an all-around player.”
During the Hall of Fame Spring Classic this past weekend at Amherst College, Chukwu showed his ability to consistently score the ball. He showed his hands in the post, displayed a few moves on the block and had some solid footwork in the paint. Chukwu, who said after the game he was encouraged to do so, knocked down some mid-range jumpers. If it wasn’t for his size 18 shoe, Chukwu would have connected on a 3-pointer on Saturday in a lopsided win.
Another area Chukwu is looking to improve on in his weight. The last time he checked he weighed in a 219 pounds. Right now he is focusing on getting number up to around 225. A year from now, on his way to college, he would like to get near the 240 mark.
“To be able to play at the high level, I’ll need to add on weight,” Chukwu added. “But I’m currently working on it.”
There’s no question Chukwu has high-level Division I interest, yet it is difficult to tell from who. Chukwu is a native of Nigeria before moving to Connecticut three years ago. His guardian family is electing to keep Chukwu’s recruiting process private, so much so that Chukwu declines to list of schools recruiting him. CBC coach Dan Donnelly respects their decision to remain quiet about recruitment and can only list off a few teams in the mix — based off what he’s heard — but knows the list is much larger.
Providence, Maryland, Georgetown, UMass, Rutgers and Rhode Island were just some of the schools to watch him play during the month of April.
Chukwu could make his college decision as early as this fall, before his senior season at Fairfield Prep.
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