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New to the Zoo: Kenechukwu Chukwuka commits to Pitt

Pitt adds a late player for this season.

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Pitt added a late player for the 2017 recruiting class this afternoon, as Kenechukwu Chukwuka committed to the Panthers. He is a 6’9” forward that played for New Mexico Junior College this season. Chukwuka actually recently reclassified to this year, and will have three years of eligibility.

Since his reclassification, he was flooded with a slew of offers, albeit mostly mid-major programs. Chukwuka chose Pitt over the likes of New Mexico State, Eastern Michigan, and Iona along with a few others.

Kenechukwu Chukwuka is a native of Sweden, and plays a Euro-style of game. He shows the ability to hit shots outside of the paint, and can spot up for three-pointers. Here is a better look at his game.

Chukwuka did not have a highly productive freshman season for New Mexico JC, as he only averaged 3.0 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. Still, he managed to pick up 11 scholarship offers a few weeks ago, so there must be optimism that he can grow into a productive player.

So that’s it. Pitt has 13 scholarship players believe it or not. I have to give Stallings and his staff credit, trying to find 11 new players in one recruiting cycle is borderline ridiculous. We’ll see how it all comes together, some of the new recruits look pretty good, while others seem like projects. This basketball season does not have a lot of promise, but with a lot of young guys in the fold, it will be worth monitoring to see if they struck gold on any of their recruiting endeavors.