Monday, February 25, 2013

Paschal Chukwu Advances, Amida Brimah's Season is Over

Paschal Chukwu, the Class of 2014 7-footer out of Fairfield Prep, finished two points shy of a triple-double – eight points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks – in an SCC tournament semifinal win over Wilbur Cross Monday night. And that was done in about three quarters of action.

Chukwu sat out the game's first seven minutes – along with two other starters – but it wasn’t for disciplinary reasons. At least that’s what Prep coach Leo Redgate told the Register’s Joe Morelli afterward, saying he simply wanted to start his seniors in a meaningful game. Seems odd that he’d pick a conference tourney semifinal game to do so, but hey, what do I know?

Anyway, Chukwu would neither confirm nor deny the report that said he’s been offered a scholarship by UConn, instead saying he’s just “focusing on his season,” according to Morelli.

Meanwhile, UConn commit Amida Brimah’s season came to a surprise ending in the state semifinals last Tuesday, when Archbishop Carroll was upset. Brimah, the 6-foot-11 center who committed to the Huskies on Jan. 14, picked up two fouls in the first 90 seconds, then picked up his third and fourth back-to-back early in the third quarter. He still finished with nine points, eight rebounds and seven blocks.

Brimah will play in a couple of all-star games on March 9 and 16 in Miami and West Palm Beach, respectively.

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