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4-star Franck Kepnang staying in 2021 gives Syracuse basketball a shot

Syracuse basketball target Franck Kepnang, a four-star center, has elected to stay in the 2021 class rather than reclassify to the 2020 recruiting cycle, according to reports from Adam Zagoria of Zagsblog and other media outlets.

It seems like an uphill battle for the Orange to pick up Kepnang, a top-25 prospect nationally, as there hasn’t proven a lot of chatter lately linking Kepnang to Syracuse basketball.

But in the fickle recruiting world, one never entirely knows what’s going to happen until a high-school player announces his ultimate destination.

What does appear fairly certain, though, is that if the 6-foot-11 Kepnang moved to the 2020 class, the ‘Cuse would have gotten removed from contention.

That’s because, heading into the 2020-21 campaign, Syracuse basketball already has a quartet of centers on its roster, including four-star incoming freshman Frank Anselem from Prolific Prep in Napa Valley, Calif., who committed to the Orange in early June.

Another center is John Bol Ajak, a redshirt freshman who went to the Westtown School in West Chester, Pa., where Kepnang is presently a rising senior.