Franck Kepnang, a junior center transfer from Cameroon by way of the University of Oregon, will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury suffered Thursday at Washington’s 66-65 loss at Oregon State.
Dawgman.com was able to confirm the news on Saturday ahead of Washington’s home game versus Colorado.
Kepnang fell to the floor with 11 minutes left in the game versus the Beavers, in clear pain. It took over five minutes for Kepnang to be helped off the court.
He had played in all 8 games for the Huskies after transferring from Oregon in the offseason. He was averaging 9 points and 6.3 rebounds and nearly 2 blocks per game.
Kepnang was one of four transfers for Washington this fall, joining Noah Williams (Washington State), Keion Brooks (Kentucky), and Braxton Meah (Fresno State). Meah, the other big man for the Huskies, was unavailable to play against Oregon State but might be available to play against Colorado on Sunday.
Kepnang was a four-star prospect coming out of high school in Pennsylvania before signing with the Ducks. In two years playing with the Ducks, Kepnang played in 52 games, averaging 4.1 points, 2.5 rebounds and just over a block a game.
Because he began his college career during the 2020-21 season, Kepnang has two season’s worth of eligibility after the 2022-23 season is complete.
Earlier in the year, Washington announced that former McDonald’s All-American Jackson Grant would redshirt, but with Kepnang now out for the season and Meah’s status also up in the air, it’s unknown at this time whether or not the Huskies will take the redshirt off of the former Olympia star.
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