Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports
When Eric Paschall committed to Fordham last November, the news sent shock waves across the recruiting world.
Paschall, who was named the prep player of the year in New England this past season, is expected to have an immediate impact. The Rams better hope that's the case.
ESPN New York's Ian O'Connor summarized how big of a signing this was.
Tom Konchalski, the widely respected talent evaluator who produces the scouting newsletter HSBI Report, said Severe and Paschall represent Fordham's most promising package of recruits since it landed future NBA players Kenny Charles and Charlie Yelverton in the late 1960s.
Fordham head coach Tom Pecora said he expects Paschall to start next season.
"We expect him to come in and be a big part of everything we do right from the get-go," Pecora told WFUV Radio back on Mar. 15.
Everyone seems to agree Fordham hit it big with this signing.
The New York Post's Zack Braziller, who covers the local hoops scene, had this report last year on Paschall.
One college coach familiar with the 6-foot-6 Paschall said he is a “steal” for Fordham, a versatile inside-out threat capable of making an immediate impact. Another said if uncommitted, he would have high-major programs blowing up his phone.
“With him and Jon Severe, Fordham goes from the bottom of the Atlantic 10 to the middle and has a chance to do something,” the first coach said. “It’s two good building blocks for them to have.”
It's a lot of pressure to put on a freshman, but Paschall is a difference-maker. More than anyone else, he holds the key to the new season.