OR men’s basketball signs 5-star center N’Faly Dante

Five-star center N'Faly Dante celebrates while playing for Mokan Elite

Five-star center N'Faly Dante celebrates while playing for Mokan Elite

The Ducks also added immediately eligible New Mexico guard Anthony Mathis and UNLV wing Shakur Juiston, while four-star center commit Isaac Johnson will serve a two-year church mission before joining the team.

Roughly a month after scoring 22 points and grabbing 18 rebounds to lead Mokan Elite (Missouri) to the Nike Peach Jam title, N'Faly Dante announced his commitment to OR via The Players' Tribune on Tuesday afternoon. Dante, who is the third-highest rated prospect in program history for the Ducks, was down to four schools: Oregon, LSU, Kentucky and Kansas.

"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 OR", he wrote. And I hope that someday I get to show you around Eugene. He will reclassify and join OR for the 2019-2020 season, meaning he's available to play this season.

"N'Faly Dante took a huge step during his second season in the EYBL, turning in one of the most productive seasons in recent history", D1 Circuit wrote.

"It's taken some time for Dante to build up to this point", Rivals national basketball analyst Eric Bossi wrote.

The Mali-born, 6-foot-11 big man played at Sunrise Christian Academy in Wichita, Kan., this past year. He was dominant protecting the rim, dominant cleaning the glass and dominant scoring on the interior.

Dante was the No. 12 overall ranked player in the 2020 class and the No. 3 center.

OR lost three players (Bol Bol, Louis King, Kenny Wooten) early to the 2019 NBA Draft and two more (Victor Bailey, Miles Norris) to the transfer market.

Read the letter and you can feel just how close he and his mom are and when it came to his decision on where he would attend college, Dante made it very clear to her how much of an impact she was in his thought process.

On Tuesday, he locked in his future.

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