Oregon big man Franck Kepnang announces intention to transfer
Oregon’s roster overhaul this offseason continues.
Late Monday night, sophomore center Franck Kepnang said goodbye to the Ducks programs. “I remember the goosebumps I’ve felt on gameday,” he wrote in a message shared to Twitter. “The energy and support was amazing.” But Kepnang is putting his name in the transfer portal.
— Franck Kepnang (@franckkepnang) April 5, 2022
One of five players to appear in every game for the Ducks this season, Kepnang was a source of energy off the bench and showed flashes of promise in his second season in Eugene. He averaged 15 minutes a night while putting in 4.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks a game.
The 6-foot-11 big man put up a career-high 17 points (7-9 FG) against Arizona State in December, pulled down a season-high nine rebounds twice on in a February win over UCLA and in the first round NIT win over Utah State, and blocked a season-high four shots on three different occasions, including the road win over then-No. 5 USC. Kepnang had at least one block in 23 of his 35 appearances.
Kepnang was a 4-star recruit who reclassified to the 2020 class and enrolled at Oregon for the fall term in 2020. He was rated as the 36th-best overall player in the class, choosing the Ducks over offers from Auburn, UConn, Illinois, and Kansas, among others.
He’ll have three seasons to play at his next stop.
For the Ducks, Kepnang is the third player to exit the program since the season ended, joining center Isaac Johnson and wing Eric Williams. Given the way Ducks head coach Dana Altman spoke about his team once the season came to a close, more attrition could be on the way, but it should be worth noting the Ducks’ frontcourt picture is coming more into focus.
Oregon is adding 5-star center and McDonald’s All-American Kel’el Ware from the 2022 class. As things currently stand, Altman will also have 2021 signee Nathan Bittle, a former 5-star in his own right, and N’Faly Dante to deploy at center. Dante started 27 games for the Ducks this past season.