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Class of 2021 big man Franck Kepnang holding Zoom calls with high-major programs
By ADAM ZAGORIA & JACOB POLACHECKFranck Kepnang, the 6-foot-11 center from Westtown School (PA) and the PSA Cardinals, has been holding Zoom calls with a number of high-major suitors.
Kepnang has had Zoom calls with Ohio State, St. John’s and Pittsburgh, and is expected to have one with Miami on Thursday.
Kepnang, who is originally from Cameroon in Central Africa, is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 5 center and No. 24 overall player in the Class of 2021.
Kepnang took unofficial visits to Georgetown (March 7) and Maryland (March 8).
Kepnang recently described his recruitment as being “wide open,” but said he will be keeping an eye on the schools recruiting him.
“I want to make sure that I follow all the schools that are recruiting me, specifically how they use their big men,” Kepnang said.
Kepnang currently holds offers from Kansas, Maryland, Georgetown, UConn, St. John’s, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Fordham, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Saint Louis, Stanford, Syracuse, Texas A&M, UCLA, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest, among others.
He also broke down what he’s looking for when making his decision.
“I would say how they play their bigs,” he said. “I want to see how a school plays through their bigs and how much they allow their bigs to do.” “With the new style of basketball, do they let their bigs shoot? That’s important to me because I’ve been working a lot on my shooting and getting pretty good at it.”
Kepnang has a tremendous ability to run the floor, is an elite rim defender and continues to expand his offensive arsenal. “I play hard every single possession and I protect the rim,” Kepnang said.
“Even if I’m not on the court, I’m supporting my teammates. I try to communicate with them as much as I can and I just play hard. When I get a pass and hit the rim, I finish it.”
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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.