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4-Star Center Francis Okoro commits to Ducks

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The big man from Illinois could end up being a 2018 or 2019 class member

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Eugene- having already compiled a stellar 2018 recruiting class, Oregon men’s basketball began to build its 2019 class Monday. Or did they?

4-Star Center Francis Okoro, a 6’9” 225 pound prospect from Normal, Illinois, picked the Ducks over fellow finalists Purdue and Illinois. Okoro visited UO early in April and came away pleased and impressed, citing the scheduling of practices and head coach Dana Altman’s blue-collar strategies.

The interesting thing about Okoro, who is listed as a Center but versatile enough to man either post position, is that it has yet to be determined whether he will be Oregon’s first on board for 2019 or if he will, in fact, finish up his academic requirements quickly enough to join the heralded 2018 class on the floor this coming winter.

As of now, Okoro is listed as 2019, but if he finishes his required credits and graduates, he could join 5-star prospects Louis King and Bol Bol, along with 4-star recruits Miles Norris and Will Richardson.

A 2018 flip could potentially give Oregon an inside dominance it’s never known before as another big would work into the already deadly mix of Bol Bol’s 7’2” frame and Kenny Wooten’s proven rim-protecting ability.

Either way, Okoro fulfilled his desire to commit quickly, as he had already been considered a strong lean toward Oregon.