Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
By ADAM ZAGORIAFrancis Okoro, the 6-foot-9 Class of 2019 center from Normal (IL) Community West and Brad Beal Elite, committed to Oregon late Monday night.
A big, athletic wing, he also considered Illinois and Purdue.
“I was just trying to make a decision based on what I’ve seen,” he told OregonLive.com. “I love the way they play, the style they play – I love watching them. I really feel like I fit in that system.”
An excellent student, Okoro may reclass and head to Oregon for the 2018-19 season.
“Right now, I’m still 2019,” he said. “That could change. It’s based on how I finish my credits. I have to have enough credits. It’s all based on how I finish my credits to make sure I can graduate.”
Okoro is Oregon’s first commit in the Class of 2019. In 2018, the Ducks have a loaded class featuring Bol Bol, Louis King, Miles Norris and Will Richardson.
“Francis is going to bring a tough minded competitor who can defend and rebound at a high major level,” said Timothy Holloway of Brad Beal Elite. “As his offensive game continues to develop he has the potential to be a true two-way presence in the PAC-12. ”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.