High-25 senior Franck Kepnang introduced his dedication to Oregon on Saturday, giving Dana Altman his third ESPN 100 pledge prior to now month.
Kepnang selected the Geese over a number of faculties, though Texas A&M and Ohio State have been closely concerned down the stretch of his recruitment.
A 6-foot-11 heart who attended Westtown College (Pennsylvania) and performed for the PSA Cardinals on the grassroots circuit, Kepnang is ranked No. 22 within the ESPN 100 for the 2021 class. He is the No. 4 heart. Kepnang is a fifth-year senior and Oregon has two open scholarships for the upcoming season, leaving open the potential for a midyear enrollment if either side have an interest, sources instructed ESPN.
Kepnang is likely one of the most imposing large males within the class and bodily prepared for the subsequent degree proper now. He is highly effective, very athletic for his dimension and performs with a excessive motor. Offensively, he is an emphatic finisher, good rim-runner and succesful vertical spacer.
Kepnang is the third dedication for Oregon within the 2021 class, following top-10 prospect Nathan Bittle (No. 8) and four-star small ahead Johnathan Lawson (No. 47). Bittle dedicated in late September, whereas Lawson made his announcement earlier this week.
Bittle and Kepnang are each 6-foot-11 frontcourt gamers, however they need to be capable of match collectively in Eugene. With these two up entrance, it would make for a special sort of lineup than we have just lately seen at Oregon, particularly final season when Altman used a small-ball alignment that includes 6-foot-6 Addison Patterson and 6-foot-8 Chandler Lawson in submit positions.
However Kepnang’s bodily dominance is an effective complement for Bittle’s face-up ability and floor-spacing skill. The important thing might be on the defensive finish. Kepnang will present rim safety and rebounding skill, however he additionally has fairly good agility for a man his dimension, so there must be sufficient versatility to coexist in most matchups. Oregon will lose 4 seniors after the 2020-21 season, with Will Richardson and N’Faly Dante candidates to check the NBA draft waters early.
The Geese stay within the combine for elite guard Jaden Hardy (No. 4) — the youthful brother of present Oregon guard Amauri Hardy — and Hunter Sallis (No. 19). Additionally they just lately reached out to Bryce McGowens (No. 32), who decommitted from Florida State earlier this week.