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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Chukwu completes visit

Providence center Paschal Chukwu (13) goes up for a shot against Marquette guard Derrick Wilson during the first half of a game, Sunday, March 1, 2015, in Providence, Rhode Island.

Providence center Paschal Chukwu (13) goes up for a shot against Marquette guard Derrick Wilson during the first half of a game, Sunday, March 1, 2015, in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Paschal Chukwu, a 7-foot-2 center who recently announced plans to leave Providence after his freshman season, completed his visit to KU on Thursday.

KU has filled its allotment of 13 scholarships for the upcoming season, so if Chukwu ultimately chose KU over Nebraska, Virginia, Michigan State, Iona and Syracuse, he’d have to either pay his own way a year or somebody would have to leave KU’s program.

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Mike Riches 6 years, 11 months ago

I think the best chance of him playing in AFH, will be if we play an early season game against Iona.

Rodney Pain 6 years, 11 months ago

MSU is on his list and they have a scholarship free. Izzo isn't exactly a slouch with getting big men to the Final 4 and the NBA. Why pay your way at KU when you can go on the dime of a living legend?

Benz Junque 6 years, 11 months ago

He could get a student loan to cover this and after four years (three playing) in Self's system would easily land a pro contract that would more than cover the cost of repayment of the loan. Honestly, does anyone think a 7'2" player that spends 4 seasons at Kansas isn't going to play pro hoops somewhere?

I really don't see this cost as being that big in his decision. He'll compare KU to the rest of his options and if he likes KU the best I would expect him to end up as a Jayhawk.

Rodney Pain 6 years, 11 months ago

I would love to find a way to add Chukwu to the roster, especially if we don't have to force anyone out. But it doesn't look like it's going to happen.

Luca Rossi 6 years, 11 months ago

Just because you're an athlete doesn't mean that you cannot apply for and qualify for some sort of financial aid. Any walk-on (that isn't on athletic scholarship) can get a partial or maybe even a full ride for financial reasons. Its also possible if PC is a stellar student that he could qualify for an academic scholarship too. There are avenues to assist with tuition, it won't be as easy as a full athletic scholarship would be but there are other ways available to help ease the burden if KU is his school of choice.

Albeit these options are far from a sure thing, but its a possibility.

Andrew Holmes 6 years, 11 months ago

I agree with everything already said. The scholarship shouldn't matter that much. Look at the thousands of students at KU who aren't on full ride. His school will be paid for by grants, scholarships and loans, and like the rest of us he'll pay them off when he gets a job.

The fact that he still came to KU, after KU gave its last scholarship to Coleby means 1 or 2 things to me. 1) he wanted to take the trip and see what KU was all about, or 2) The fact that Embiid and Diallo went and are going to go to KU means something to these kids from Africa, and KU is a lead contender to get him. Either way, I wish this kid the best of luck, but would love to see him wear Kansas across his chest.

Brianna Zaleski 6 years, 11 months ago

This is probably a stupid question, but is Tyler a walk on? Or is he on schollie? Could Pollard's departure be making room for Tyler to go to walk on then Chukwu to scholarship?

Mike Riches 6 years, 11 months ago

Tyler is a walk on. Something about his parents being able to afford it... :)

Brian Wilson 6 years, 11 months ago

No such thing as a stupid question. Tyler, Josh, and Evan are walk-one. So, with Josh leaving and KU having the max 13 scholarships taken, our team will be a perfect size of 15.

So there is no way to make room unless someone gets academic scholarships or decides to pay their own way.

In light of your question: KU in the past has had as many as 18 on the team having 5 walk-ons with 13 scholarship players. Which, was awkward come tournament time. The NCAA limits team size to 15 in the tournament. So any players more than 15 are just along for the ride as part of the traveling party and cannot play. Each school is allowed 75 people including the team in its travel party for the first four rounds, and up to 100 people for the final four.

Marius Rowlanski 6 years, 11 months ago

Believe me...,as a former teacher, I can say there ARE many stupid questions.

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