The Oregon Ducks men's basketball team (4-1, 1-0) will be receiving some help inside the paint soon.
The nation's No. 5 center in 2021 and Ducks commit Franck Kepnang has reclassified and can play as soon as this season, Oregon head coach Dana Altman announced Saturday evening.
"He's going to enroll early. He just wants to get into practice right now and see how everything goes," said Altman. "He's a young man that needs to play a lot of basketball, needs to work on a lot of things. But he is an athlete, he is a bright young man. The thing I love is that he wants to be at Oregon.
"He's excited about being at Oregon. I love guys that love to be part of our program."
The 6'11", 247-pound center from Norristown, PA, committed to the University of Oregon in October over Texas A&M, Connecticut, Ohio State, UCLA, and more.
For Kepnang, the plan was always to enroll at the university by Winter Term but he was undecided if he would try to play this season or just workout with the team.
But as for if he'll see significant playing time, Altman seemed bullish.
"What he can give us this year? I have no idea, I have no idea," said Altman. "We're going to start working. As soon as we can get him cleared with everything this week, get him into practice and get it going."
The brand of basketball Oregon plays was a decider in him committing to Dana Atlaman and the Oregon Ducks.
"With Oregon, they play my style of basketball," said the newest Oregon Duck per Prospective Insight prior to his commitment. "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."
Next, Oregon (4-1, 1-0) hosts UCLA (5-1, 1-0) at 12:00 p.m. on December 23rd on ESPN2.