Report: UConn offers Fairfield Prep’s Chukwu

Fairfield Prep 7-footer Paschal Chukwu picked up an offer from UConn Saturday, according to

Fairfield Prep's Paschal Chukwu

A native of Nigeria, Chukwu spent his first two high school seasons at Trinity Catholic, which has produced a few high-majors (Rashamel Jones and Craig Austrie to UConn; Dave McClure to Duke). Chukwu transferred to Fairfield Prep for his junior season and has led the Jesuits to the No. 1 overall ranking in the state. He recently posted 23 points, 13 rebounds and 12 blocks in a win over Career High (New Haven).

It’s unclear which other schools have offered Chukwu. National recruiting services such as list N.C. State, Providence, Notre Dame, St. John’s and Xavier as schools that have shown interest.

Fairfield Prep coach Leo Redgate said Sunday that “no decision will be made until another 12 months. No rush.”

If Chukwu ends up at UConn, the Huskies will have three young, athletic shotblockers. They’ve already received commitments from Kentan Facey (6-foot-9) and Amida Brimah (6-foot-11). Both will enroll next summer; Chukwu, however, is a 2014 prospect.

Kevin Ollie needs to re-stock on long centers, which were never in shortage during most of Jim Calhoun’s tenure. But following the early departures of Alex Oriakhi, Andre Drummond and Roscoe Smith (and now the indefinite suspension of Enosch Wolf), Ollie has been left with a woefully thin frontcourt. It seems his most productive center is Niels Giffey, a 6-foot-7 small forward.

In addition to Chukwu, Fairfield Prep has another player worth keeping an eye on: 6-foot-2 freshman guard Ryan Murphy, who has also been in contact with Ollie and the UConn staff.

Ranked last year as the No. 16 prospect nationally by, Murphy listed Gonzaga, Missouri, St. John’s, Stanford, Iowa, Arizona, Rice, South Carolina and New Mexico as schools that have expressed interest. He said Gonzaga and Missouri have been the most active.

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7 Responses

  1. Coach says:

    Brian, just read on Verbal Commits that Murphy has over 9 division offers for all d1 programs….not bad for a slow 6’0 freshman PG that cant jump according to he is now 6’2 and dunking….

  2. coach says:

    Brian, Murphy has been offered by RIchmond, and James Madison and is playing very well on the AAU circuit for Team Scan and Team Fast…typical hater….

  3. fciac fan says:

    Harry , You must have been in seclusion on some desert island the past 20 years. Trinity has educated and developed more than 20 division 1 players including ,Rashamel Jones (co-captain of UCONN’S 1999 national championship team),Earl Johnson (Rutgers/Iona),Dave McClure(Duke),Torey Thomas (Holy Cross),and Craig Austrie(another UCONN captain).Paschal’s “handlers ” -as you call them had reasons for the transfer-but Paschal’s basketball developement at Trinity was NOT one of them.In two years at Trinity ,He learned the game and became a defensive presence and improved offensively.Prep is benefiting from that foundation!

  4. Harry says:

    So you think his handlers planned his transfer a year ahead? They must have already known TC’s track record of recruiting kids but not developing them, smart move but St. Thomas Moore or South Kent are way better basketball schools for the big guy.

  5. Dan says:

    @Jon- The rule when transferring is that you have to sit out for the first 30 days of the first sport you played the pervious year. Chukwu as a sophomore played soccer for TCHS. Therefore, he sat out 30 days when he played for prep’s soccer team this year. Playing soccer at TCHS allowed him not to miss anytime of bball when he went to Prep. Smart move by his handler. Just goes to show this move/transfer was planned for day 1.

  6. Brian McGovern says:

    I am sure all those D1 schools are looking at the 7 footer – for obvious reasons. If anyone has seen Fairfield Prep play this season there is no way that any top D1 schools (or any D1 for that matter)were looking for a slow 6’0 freshman PG that can’t jump, plays no defense and is a ball hog. Get real!

  7. Jon mcmanus says:

    Where does Murphyl live? How aboutChukwu? Why didn’t he have to sit out for transferring from TC to FP?