Paschal Chukwu
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7'2" 226 lbs Center
HS: Fairfield Prep Westport, CT
HS: Trinity Catholic Stamford, CT
Born: 4/1995 Enugu, Nigeria
Season Stats
Season Cl Pos G GS Min FG FGA % FT FTA % 3Pt 3PA % Asst Reb DReb OReb Fls DQ TO ST BS Pts PPG APG RPG
2015-16 So DNP 0 0 0 0 0
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0 0
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0 0
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0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2016-17 So C 7 0 108 6 9
66.7%
0 9
0.0%
0 0
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2 29 18 11 15 0 10 3 14 12 1.7 0.3 4.1
2017-18 Jr C 37 37 1008 72 110 65.5% 55 87 63.2% 0 0
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15 252 149 103 116 7 40 26 91 199 5.4 0.4 6.8
2018-19 Sr C 33 28 663 49 68
72.1%
46 72
63.9%
0 0
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8 177 96 81 99 6 31 24 57 144 4.4 0.2 5.4
Career    
77
65
1779
127
187
65.8%
101
168
60.1%
0
0
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25
458
263
195
230
13
81
53
163
355
4.6
0.3
5.9

Paschal Chukwu is a center for Syracuse University. He transferred to Syracuse from Providence and sat out the 2015-2016 season due to transfer rules. At 7'2", he is officially the tallest player ever for the Orange.

Paschal Chukwu Syracuse Orange BasketballChukwu was primarily a reserve his freshman year at Providence, averaging just under 10 minutes a game. He would start three games for the Friars late in the season.

Providence Season Stats
Season Cl Pos G GS Min FG FGA % FT FTA % 3Pt 3PA % Asst Reb DReb OReb Fls DQ TO ST BS Pts PPG APG RPG
2014-15 Fr C 34 3 335 33 50 66.0% 24 40 60.0% 0 0
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5 83 50 33 63 1 19 9 23 90 2.6 0.1 2.4
Career    
34
3
335
33
50
66.0%
24
40
60.0%
0
0
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5
83
50
33
63
1
19
9
23
90
2.6
0.1
2.4

He was intended to be Syracuse's reserve center his sophomore season. Early in the season it was apparent that his offensive skills were limited, and that he needed to work on his strength for defense. However, his shot blocking ability was apparent. He would injure his retina in practice in December, resulting in surgery. He would miss the rest of the season.

Chukwu would be required to wear goggles to protect his eyes when he returned to the team his second season. He would start the year sharing playing time with freshman Bourama Sidibe. When Sidibe developed some chronic injuries in December, Chukwu would have to assume as much of the playing time as he could for each game. He was foul prone, and would foul out of seven games, but he did learn how to stay in most games for 30 or more minutes. He struggled to score around the hoop, in part because he was hesitant to put the ball back up, and in part because he did not control the ball well. That would be even more difficult for him when he injured his wrist later in the season. However, he would have nine games in the season with 10+ rebounds, including a high of 16 against Virginia. His defensive presence was highly evident for the team, as his shot blocking threat greatly altered opposing team's offensive plans. He would block nearly 2.5 shots a game, including a season high 8 against both Oakland and Buffalo.

Chukwu would struggle with his free throws early his second season, making only 6 of his first 16 attempts; he had missed all 9 of his attempts his first season. He would go through a lot of practice with his free throws, and would end up hitting nearly 70% of his free throws the remainder of the year, including making 9 of 11 against Eastern Michigan, and going 6 for 6 against Texas Christian in the NCAA tournament.

Chukwu would improve his shooting efficiency his senior year, making 72% of his shots. However, he had not developed any offensive moves, and relied upon offensive put backs on rebounds and alley-oop passes to do the bulk of his scoring. His defensive intensity was inconsistent for the season, and he was more foul prone than the previous year. The Orange relied upon him to provide a strong presence inside, but that effort was not always there. Coach Jim Boeheim benched him in favor of Marek Dolezaj mid-season because he had been ineffective. Chukwu had the best game of his career in an upset over #1 ranked Duke. He would score 10 points, have 18 rebounds and three blocked shots against Duke's formidable front line duo of R.J. Barrett and Zion Williamson.

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