Nfaly Dante

NBA DRAFT SCOUTING REPORT

POSITION: CFROM: Oregon
(Mali)
HT: 7-0WT: 249
BORN: 10/19/01YEAR: So.WING: 7-5 1/2REACH: 9-5

Draft Notes

An high level center prospect who projects as one of the best shot blockers in the 2021 draft. Raw but with big upside, especially on the defensive end.

Dante has truly elite physical tools at this stage in his development. Already pushing 7 feet tall, with a massive wingspan and good coordination and strength, he has a chance to become a special defensive talent. He goes after every shot around the rim and is an intimidating force who causes opponents to think twice before entering the lane.

Although Dante isn’t a polished offensive player he does have good hands and shows good timing on the offensive glass. He takes the ball hard to the rim and uses his impressive reach to get way above the rim with his dunks.

Has decent handles and can handle in the open court if he needs to. Shows some touch from mid range with a decent looking stroke, although he’s got a long ways to go on the offensive end.

His post game consists mostly of strong moves to the rim, including a power dribble and drop step move. He also has a nice right hand flip hook that he shoots with great height, making it nearly impossible to block.

Has good mobility and changes ends well. Can make plays in transition, showing off his coordination and great length.

Still learning the game, figuring out where to be on the court and which rotations to make on D.

Is very raw on the offensive end, lacking consistency with his outside shot and isn’t a good free throw shooter.


Comparisons

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Draft Projection

first round pick in the 2021 NBA Draft

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2021 Centers

  1. Evan Mobley – 7-0 – USC
  2. Ibou Dianko Badji – 7-1 – Senegal 
  3. Mark Williams – 7-0 – Duke
  4. Oscar Tshiebwe – 6-9 – West Virginia
  5. Armando Bacot – 6-9 – UNC
  6. Moussa Cisse – 6-11 – Brooklyn, NY (Guinea) 
  7. Kai Sotto – 7-2 – G League (Philippines)
  8. Nfaly Dante – 7-0 – Oregon (Mali)
  9. Conner Vanover – 7-3 – Arkansas 
  10. Khalifa Diop – 6-11 – Senegal 
  11. Charles Bassey – 6-10 – Western Kentucky (Nigeria)
  12. Kofi Cockburn – 7-0 – Illinois
  13. Neemias Queta – 6-11 – Utah St (Portugal)
  14. Ikey Obiagu – 7-1 – Seton Hall