It’s pretty hard for a 7-2 guy to fly under the radar.
But — at least around here — Paschal Chukwu has.
The Syracuse University junior — ranked 14th in the nation in blocks per game — is apparently from Westport.
His bio on the Syracuse website lists this as his hometown, and his parents as John and Sheila Featherston.
Chukwu did not — very unfortunately — play for Staples.
He spent 2 years at Trinity Catholic High School. (Where he played soccer — a sport he loved in his native Nigeria — and scored his team’s only goal in a 7-1 loss to the Wreckers.) He then transferred to Fairfield Prep.
Chukwu played one year at Providence College, before transferring to Syracuse.
You can watch him at 9:40 tonight (CBS-TV). The Orange take on Texas Christian.
TALL BASKETBALL PLAYER FUN FACT: I once saw Manute Bol on Main Street in Westport. He and Chukwu are 2 guys I really look up to.
(Click here for Paschal Chukwu’s full bio. Hat tip: Bill Ryan)