Oregon Basketball Recruiting


August 13, 2019

Tuesday morning has started off with a bang for Dana Altman. The Ducks just hauled in a commitment from one of the best players in the 2020 class. 

****Impact: Dante Adds Size & Versatility****

Wichita (Ks.) Sunrise Christian star N’Faly Dante has committed to Oregon over Kentucky, Kansas and others. The 6-foot-11, 230-pounder is the No. 12 ranked player nationally and No. 3 center in the 247Sports Composite. 

Dante broke his own commitment after publishing a very thoughtful story in the player’s tribune. Below are a couple of clips from his story.

Dear Mom,

I miss you. 

I think about you and our home back in Mali every single day.

Living across the world from you has meant missing out on experiencing a lot of big moments together. And so many big moments have happened or are happening to me right now. I wish you could be here to watch as I graduate high school, learn to drive, grow as an athlete and now this big one — go off to college. I wish for could be here in person to see me do so many things because I know that these are your victories every bit as much as they are mine.

I still remember the advice you gave me during my first basketball camp in Mali, when I was 12 years old. 

I came home after the third day tired, sore, frustrated and ready to quit. Basketball was too much running for me. I was done with it.

I talked to you about it because I talk to you about everything. Since dad passed away when I was really young, you’ve always done so much for me. You’ve been my rock. And like all the advice you’ve given me, what you told me that day, when I came to you limping and hoping for sympathy, was exactly what I needed to hear at the time.

“No, you didn’t even start it yet,” you told me.  “Get your butt back out there tomorrow.”

And that was that. I got my butt back to it the next day — and the day after that, and the day after that, and so on. And slowly, I got better.

Part of me always dreamed that one day basketball might be able to provide a better life for our family. Today I’m excited to tell you that I’m ready to take another big step toward that dream by announcing where I’m going to college.

Throughout this process it’s been important to me to choose a place that I know you’d be proud of. 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.

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 is planning on re-classifying to the 2019 class. Which means he’ll be in Eugene soon ready to go for this season. WIth Dana Altman short on numbers, this is a huge boost not only because of talent, but also because of need. 


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