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Oregon Basketball Recruiting


October 10, 2020

Dana Altman has done it again. When nobody was looking, he swooped in and landed a massive piece to the 2021 class at a big position of need. 

The Ducks landed a commitment from four-star center Franck Kepnang Saturday mid-morning. The 6-foot-11, 247-pound center is currently enrolled at Westtown (Pa.) but comes by way of Cameroon.

He tells Andrew Slater of he will be heading to Eugene right away following his commitment. 

PI: You’ll be flying out tomorrow and redshirting. What has Coach Altman recommended that you work on this year in preparation for next season?

FK: “He’s spoken to me about expanding my game and my range. They want to keep working with me on my shot. He’s really just told me to focus on the work in general over the next year.”

PI: What was the thought process behind redshirting this year at Oregon versus staying at the Westtown School?

FK: “I thought it would help in a few ways: a) it would help me get closer to completing my degree and b) to learn from the coaches there and (N’Faly) Dante. He plays my position and I plan on learning from how he operates and asking him questions. I want to find out what it takes to become a pro. I also want to get my body right and get stronger, if I can. I plan on learning, getting better and just being ready to step in as a freshman. I want to learn the plays and learn what it takes to succeed. Then, when I get on the court, I already know the plays and can be a leader.” 

The talented big man has his sights set on robotic engineering at the University of Oregon. He also told Slater what made Oregon the right choice for him.

PI: What set Oregon apart? What made them different than the rest of your options?

FK: “With Oregon, they play my style of basketball. They play an NBA style, with spreading the floor and allowing you to be versatile. Also, in terms of the facilities, I know that I won’t ever have to worry about getting injured or recovering. For anyone that plays basketball, that’s always been the biggest concern. I know that if anything happens, I’ll be taken care of because they have world-class facilities. In terms of the education component, I would like to study computer science. In particular, I would like to study robotic engineering. They’ve recently improved that facility towards that major. For me, with computers, I’m like a little kid in a candy store. I love all of the technology that they have.”

Kepnang is listed as the No. 27 ranked player in the nation per the 247Sports Composite.

You can read more about this commitment from Andrew Slater by following this link:

Full Kepnang Commitment Story

You can also follow his work on twitter here: @andrew_slater

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