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2020 five-star center N’Faly Dante will visit Kentucky tomorrow, could reclassify to 2019


Photo: Cameron Browne/USA Basketball

Potentially huge news for Kentucky basketball in the upcoming 2019-20 season.

While we still wait for news on Virginia Tech graduate transfer Kerry Blackshear Jr., Kentucky is set to host 2020 five-star center and serious reclassification candidate N’Faly Dante starting tomorrow.

Tipton Edits was the first to break the news:

Dante, a 6-foot-11, 235-pound center, is considered a top-15 prospect in the class of 2020. He currently holds offers from Kansas, Kentucky, Oregon, LSU, Oklahoma State, and St. John’s, though most recruiting experts feel his decision will come down to the Ducks, Tigers, Jayhawks, and Wildcats, no matter when he decides to play college basketball.

The five-star prospect has been a rumored reclassification candidate for several months now, though most assumed if he would make the jump, it would likely come down to Oregon and LSU. Sources told KSR back in the early spring that there was mutual interest between Dante and Kentucky, though the UK coaching staff originally preferred he stayed in the class of 2020 to help him develop his offensive game a bit further.

After a dominant performance on both ends of the floor on the Nike EYBL circuit this spring, though, Kentucky’s interest in bringing him in this upcoming season has grown tremendously. There have been several moving parts over the last month or two with the NBA Draft decisions, Jaden McDaniels, Blackshear Jr., etc., but Dante has always been a potential 2019 option for the UK coaching staff if need-be.

Now, it looks like that option is legitimately on the table.

Dante is considered the best shot blocker in high school basketball, regardless of class. In terms of his potential impact this season, the 6-foot-11 prospect would serve as a very solid rim-runner, rebounder, and interior defender off the bench, at the very least. He is a high-potential prospect with legitimate NBA size.

Here are some of his most recent highlights:

This could be big news, BBN…

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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16 responses to “2020 five-star center N’Faly Dante will visit Kentucky tomorrow, could reclassify to 2019”

  1. 2andToodleLoo

    So are we guessing Blacksheep ain’t likely to commit to UK?!

  2. JerryCat

    This seems like writing on the wall for blackshear

  3. ClutchCargo

    Rim protector is what we have been missing for awhile.

    1. JerryCat

      We’re missing offense next year. Nick Richards is nothing but a rim protector

    2. ClutchCargo

      I don’t consider Nick Richards a rim protector at all, just yet. I’m talking legit shot blocker.

    3. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree

      We don’t need offense next year, Ashton may be the only guard/wing who can’t shoot and Nate will bring plenty of firepower to the bigs. What we need is another guy who can set under the rim and make life difficult if Nate gets beat. If he comes here he creates a nice rotation at center and we now have 10 fouls between him and Richards instead of 5.

  4. Wildfelinebeeline

    Cal has deep pockets! One guy says “I wanna explore my options.” Cal say NEXT! Kentucky ain’t for everybody!

  5. BLUEVADER

    I say this is a situation where Cal is Like you know what I ain’t got time to wait around so I am needing a decision and need my full team together. Whoever pulls trigger first gets the spot. Good for Cal. Either one makes us over all #1 In nation. Probably Dante gives us #1 CLASS again.

  6. Catcasey1

    Danta is better than Nick right now. not so much in talent but motor

  7. BobbyBlue

    Every time I see Jerry Tipton getting any recognition on KSR, I cringe. He took up the “I hate UK mantle”from Billy Reed.
    He has been at the Lex Herald since 1972,
    and still dreaming of a Pulitzer of his own like the Herald writers got in the shaming of Fast Eddie Sutton. To this day he constantly asks inflammatory, controversial,questions at every news conference

    1. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree

      And some how our guys are to stupid to look at him and ask him if covering us is so difficult and makes you so miserable why don’t you move to Louisville cause we make it difficult for them to. Oh and here’s a cup cause your tears taste wonderful.

  8. UKinmyblood

    Nick Richards 2.0

  9. frankengland

    Tipton edits isn’t JERRY Tipton, it’s a photoshop company that edits photos of recruits to look like they’re wearing college jerseys instead of their high school or AAU jersey.

  10. BigBlue4Three

    Looks like another big man that plays below the rim.

  11. Smyrna_Cat

    Blackshear will commit any minute!!!!!

    What?

    No?

    Dante will reclassify and commit any minute!!!!!!

    Hype it up!

  12. Johnson.reports

    Tom Jenkins is reporting that blackshire is Florida bound! Announcement should be any min