Scout's take: Chukwu to Providence 

August, 29, 2013
When coach Ed Cooley makes a recruit a priority the percentages are usually in favor of the Rhode Island native. The Friars landed earlier tonight big-time ESPN 100 center Paschal Chukwu (Westport, CT/Fairfield Prep). This Providence program is beginning to take shape just like the Fairfield team that ED Cooley took to postseason appearances.

Why he committed: Trusted assistant Bob Simon has been recruiting Chukwu for a couple of years and the trust factor with Cooley, Simon and staff was hard to beat as loyalty and trust were a big part of the decision. The proximity was perfect as Chukwu wanted to be close to home and be in a big-time basketball program with a small-school feel. Providence checked all the boxes.

What he brings: Great length and excellent mobility. Chukwu's approach in the paint, specifically at the rim, has been much more assertive as he looks to block more shots on defensive and finishing with authority by dunking more on the offensive end. What makes his shot blocking special is his timing as he waits and leaves his feet seconds after the offensive player has jumped up in the air and released the ball.