Syracuse big man Paschal Chukwu has been fully cleared and is now participating in team workouts after undergoing an eye procedure back in February, according to Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports.
It has been a scary year for Chukwu.
The 7’2″, 226-pound center has had lingering problems with his right eye, and back on Nov. 15, a pass from a teammate struck the eye during a game against Holy Cross.
Things got worse from there.
After the incident, Chukwu complained of “seeing flashes” and learned that his retina was detached.
“He was saying my retina was already detached,” said Chukwu in February about the diagnosis by Syracuse athletic trainer Brad Pike, according to Donna Ditota of Syracuse.com. “The ball caused my retina to start detaching more. I could still see out of it. When that happened, that’s when the progression started. It just went downhill ever since that happened. My eyesight just started going down.”
Chukwu added that at one point, he was completely blind in his right eye.
The Nigerian native has already had three procedures on his eye, and after undergoing the final procedure, he said back in March that he sees “fine” and that he was no longer experiencing any discomfort, per Ditota.
Chukwu originally transferred to Syracuse from Providence after the 2014-15 season.
The big man only played in seven games last year due to the eye issues.
Now that Chukwu is healthy and ready to go, he is expected to be a key cog for the Orange heading into the 2017-18 campaign.