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Chukwu begins to emerge
Not a ton is known about Fairfield (Conn.) Prep center Paschal Chukwu on the national level, but the big man is beginning to become a popular name for coaches. The four star class of 2014 center continues to improve by leaps and bounds and is quickly becoming one of the most heavily recruited prospects in the class. According to his high school coach, Leo Redgate, Chukwu flashed serious potential last year, and now the 7-foot-1 center is turning that into production. "In July he had a lot of potential and was very raw, especially offensively," said Redgate. "We have been really focused all year on developing, especially his confidence. He always knew he was a great shot blocker. He has great instincts and knows how to block a shot." Redgate continued, "We're No. 1 in the state in Connecticut, and his defense has always been pretty consistent and he has always been intimidating inside. Last year he only averaged about four or five points per game, and he is averaging 14 points, 12 rebounds, and seven blocks against really good competition." Because Chukwu is 7-foot-1, athletic, and continuing to get better, as expected college coaches are really beginning to take notice, but Redgate says they are trying to make things easy on Chukwu by keeping the recruiting process manageable. "We have been keeping college coaches at bay," said Redgate. "We aren't interested in having 15 coaches come to a practice each day, and he is in no rush to make a decision. He will make a decision a year from now. Already he has significant interest at the highest level." In terms of schools after Chukwu, Redgate noted, Georgetown, Syracuse, Connecticut, Providence, Boston College, Villanova, St. Joseph's, Xavier, Temple, and Purdue with others continuing to try and get involved. According to Redgate, all of the schools showing interest have a few things in common. "It's really the good academic schools that are focused on his wellbeing as opposed to just having a 7-foot basketball player," said Redgate. "Mostly we are focused on finding him a home, and we are in no rush to do so. My bet is he will end up at some place that will continue to develop him." He continued, "We're kind of reaching out to the schools that we think would be good for him as opposed to worrying about what just some random school thinks of him. We could care less, he won't go to certain schools, so we are only contacting schools that are good fits for him." Currently Chukwu is rated as the No. 65 player in the class of 2014.
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