Sunday, June 30, 2024

Kolossos Rodou Signs Francis Okoro

Kolossos Rodou has announced its second signing for the upcoming season, bringing in 25-year-old Nigerian power forward Francis Okoro. After graduating from Saint Louis University, Okoro embarked on his professional career in Europe last season.

The team from Rhodes released the following statement:

"Kolossos Rodou basketball club is pleased to announce the agreement with Francis Okoro. Born on August 7, 1999, in Nigeria, and standing 2.06 meters tall, he plays as a power forward. Okoro started his basketball journey in the USA, first playing for the University of Oregon from 2018 to 2020, before transferring to Saint Louis, where he played from 2021 to 2023. This season, Okoro began in France's second division with Rouen but soon signed with Nevezis in Lithuania. Over 20 league games, he averaged 8.8 points and 8.1 rebounds."

Francis Okoro's Career Overview

University of Oregon (2018-2020): Okoro started his college career at the University of Oregon, where he played for two seasons. In his freshman year (2018-19), he averaged 3.1 points and 3.2 rebounds over 37 games, playing an average of 13.5 minutes per game. In his sophomore year (2019-20), his playing time increased to 17.1 minutes per game, and he averaged 3.3 points and 4.2 rebounds over 29 games.

Saint Louis University (2021-2023): Okoro transferred to Saint Louis University for the 2021-22 season. In his first year with the Billikens, he had a standout season, averaging 10.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 0.4 assists over 35 games. In the 2022-23 season, he continued to perform well, averaging 6.8 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 0.7 assists over 32 games, with a significant presence on the boards.

Rouen Métropole Basket (2023-2024): Okoro started his professional career in Europe with Rouen in France's second division. He played six games, averaging 6.5 points and 4.3 rebounds in 13 minutes per game, showcasing efficient shooting with a 61.5% field goal percentage.

BC Nevezis (2023-2024): Okoro then moved to Nevezis in the Lithuanian league, where he made a substantial impact. Over 22 games, he averaged 8.6 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 0.4 assists in 25.6 minutes per game, with a field goal percentage of 60.6%.

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