Oregon men’s basketball big man Francis Okoro has decided to enter his name into the NCAA transfer portal.
The 6-foot-9 sophomore forward from Imo, Nigeria will take his two remaining years of collegiate eligibility away from Eugene, Oregon.
First reported by James Crepea and The Oregonian.
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Okoro’s two seasons at Oregon were up-and-down, to say the least. He sparked as a freshman, earning valuable minutes and was poised to make a memorable career in an Oregon uniform.
During Oregon’s deep NCAA Tournament run last season that ended in a Sweet 16 matchup to the eventual national champions Virgina Cavaliers, Okoro stepped up vocally despite being just a freshman, encouraging his teammates and being the unexpected leader the Ducks needed.
His sophomore season took a hit, quite literally. Okoro suffered an offseason injury and then was hit by a car early in the season. In December, Okoro’s father had passed away.
Okoro averaged 3.3 points and 4.2 rebounds per game last year.
It was a tough year both physically and mentally.
HOW THIS IMPACTS NEXT SEASON FOR THE DUCKS:
The Ducks return a plentiful of young talent at the forward position:
6-foot-11 sophomore center N’Faly Dante
6-foot-8 sophomore forward Chandler Lawson
6-foot-8 sophomore forward C.J. Walker
6-foot-8 sophomore forward Lok Wur
6-foot-6 senior forward Eric Williams Jr.
Oregon center Francis Okoro enters NCAA transfer portal originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest