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Monday / September 23.
  • Oregon adds N’Faly Dante in 2019 class

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Oregon continued to get creative in recruiting when it added N’Faly Dante for the Class of 2019.

    The 6-foot-11, 230-pound big man from Sunrise Christian Academy (KS) also considered Kentucky and LSU. Dante is rated the No. 4 center in the Class of 2019, per 247Sports.com.

    “Throughout this process it’s been important to me to choose a place that I know you’d be proud of,” he announced through a letter addressed to his mom on The Players’ Tribune. “A place where I will get a strong education and that has a family atmosphere. 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.”

    He added: “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!”

    Dante went for 22 points and 18 rebounds in leading MoKan Elite to the Peach Jam title last month. He was named First-Team All Peach-Jam.

    Oregon’s six-man class is now ranked No. 5 by 247Sports.com. It includes shooting guard Chris Duarte, forwards C.J. Walker, Chandler Lawson and Lok Wur and center Isaac Johnson.

    Oregon also added UNLV grad transfer Shakur Juiston, New Mexico grad transfer Anthony Mathis and sit-out transfers Eugene Omoruyi and Eric Williams Jr.

    Oregon lost Bol Bol, Louis King and Kenny Wooten to the NBA, so the influx of new talent should help offset the losses.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.