INDIANAPOLIS, In. -- Those who watched the incredibly talented We All Can Go 16u squad play at the Peach Jam this season probably noticed a second can't miss post prospect playing alongside star Marvin Bagley. Meet Francis Okoro.
The big fella, originally from Nigeria, now plays at Lighthouse Christian, an up and coming program in Nashville, Tennessee. His adjustment to high school hasn't been as easy as he would've imagined, but not when it comes to on the court action. He's been fine getting used to playing against a higher level of competition, but working hard off the court as well as on it has taken some getting used to.
He has already garnered 6 division 1 offers, including Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Western Kentucky, Texas Southern, New Mexico State, and Oakland. Many more will be sure to follow as he continues to develop and play at a high level.
Francis is far from your typical post prospect, standing around 6'10 and really lean for his age, he is more of a combo forward than a true post. He likes to break down defenders off the dribble and attack the rim, which throughout the weekend he did with ease. He can knock down a good percentage of his mid-range jumpshots and can even occasionally step out and knock down the three.
His motor is really good right now, as evidenced by his high level rebounding and constantly staying engaged on the glass. He is an absolute terror at times on defense, with extremely good timing and a great nose for the ball. Francis blocks shots at an extremely high rate and can lock down opposing big men.
Francis really feels like his jumpshot can use a lot of work at the moment, citing inconsistency in it as one of the holes in his game. He really feels like he can take his game to another level once his jumpshot is consistent.
He will play a national schedule this season on one of the nation's most intriguing high school teams, one that will start 2 middle schoolers on their varsity squad. We look forward to tracking the progress of one of the nation's best young big men throughout his high school career.