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Chukwu Down to Providence, St. Joe’s

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Paschal Chukwu, the 7-foot-1 center from Fairfield (CT) Prep, will likely choose between Providence and St. Joe’s and a decision could come soon, sources told

UConn, Boston College, Georgetown, N.C. State and Maryland have also been involved in his recruitment.

Chukwu, who calls to mind a young Hasheem Thabeet or Dikembe Mutombo, averaged 13.7 points, 12.1 rebounds and 6.8 blocks per game last season at Fairfield Prep. He and his family have been very protective of information in the recruiting process.

Leo Redgate, the Fairfield Prep coach, was not immediately available for comment.

“He’s one of the best instinctive shot-blockers that you will find,” one veteran college coach told the Connecticut Post this month of Chukwu. “He’s going to be a high major-level kid for sure because of the impact he will have on the defensive end. He’s really, really good defensively.”

Providence has already landed Huntington (W.V.) Prep wing Jalen Lindsey, and is also in the mix for forward Abdul Malik Abu and shooting guard Jared Terrell, who will announce at a Sept. 7 presser.

Chukwu’s sister attends St. Joe’s.

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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.