Altman, Ducks land five star center N'Faly Dante

Oregon basketball lands another top recruit this off-season, this time in five-star center N'Faly Dante.

Posted: Aug 13, 2019 1:32 PM

Eugene, Or-- Oregon basketball has been making plenty of splashes this off-season with top recruits in five-star forward CJ Walker, four-star center Isaac Johnson, four-star forward Chandler Lawson, to name a few, committing to UO. Now, the roster has gotten even deeper. 

Five-star center N'Faly Dante has officially made his commitment to the University of Oregon for the 2019-2020 season. Dante, who is the third-highest rated prospect in program history for the Ducks, was down to four schools: Oregon, LSU, Kentucky and Kansas. While originally a part of the 2020 recruiting class, Dante reclassified to the 2019 class and is immediately eligible to play for head coach Dana Altman. 

His commitment announcement came in the form of a letter to his mom, which was published by the Players' Tribune. In it, Dante explained what went into his final decision.

"I’ve put a lot of thought into it, and I’m excited to tell you that next year I’m going to be attending college and playing basketball at the University of Oregon," Dante wrote. "Oregon has a program that reflects a lot of the values you taught me when I was growing up. And I hope that someday I get to show you around Eugene. It’s beautiful there!"

The high school senior averaged 15.8 points, 10. rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game while playing in the Nike EYBL grassroots basketball league during this past spring and current summer season. 

With the addition of the 6-foot-11 center to the squad, Oregon basketball is looking to make a much deeper run than what they did a year ago in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, making it to the Sweet 16 in a close loss to Virginia, the 2019 champions.

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