Dana Altman keeps racking up the recruiting wins.
The Oregon coach landed a hard commitment from 4-star forward Francis Okoro (Normal, Ill.) on Monday night. Okoro announced his decision via Twitter.
— francis okoro (@chibestfrank88) May 15, 2018
“It was the coaching at Oregon under head coach Dana Altman and then the style of play they run on offense and defense,” Okoro told DuckTerritory.com’s Matt Prehm. “I feel like they’d be the best fit for me as a player and as a college student. They let their big guys run and I am a runner. I like to get up and down the court. I see myself fitting in there.”
The No. 1 prospect in Illinois (per 247Sports) is currently in the Class of 2019 but is exploring reclassifying in time to join the Ducks’ loaded incoming class in August. One of his biggest draws was the possibility of playing alongside 5-star center Bol Bol, who is headed to Eugene this summer.
“I feel like we would play really well together,” Okoro told Prehm. “He will be on the outside and I’ll be down low, bringing the physical style of basketball. I am excited to potentially play with Bol and the rest of the class.”
Oregon’s men’s basketball Twitter account approved of the news:
— Oregon Men's Basketball (@OregonMBB) May 15, 2018
Okoro is the No. 40 prospect in the nation, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings. He chose the Ducks over home-state favorite Illinois, as well as Purdue, Alabama, Kansas and Missouri, among others. Should he reclassify to 2018, he’d give Oregon four top 50 recruits, which would be bested only by Duke’s five.