Oregon Ducks sophomore center N’Faly Dante has seen his production increase during his second season in Eugene, after being cleared to play by the NCAA late in his freshman season following a knee injury. Dante’s minutes, points, steals, blocks and rebounds per game have all increased in Year 2. A season ago, the big man saw most of his offensive production come on lobs from Boston Celtics 2020 first round pick (26th overall) and Naismith Trophy award finalist Payton Pritchard. This year, Dante has been able to use his length and drop-step to average nine points per game on 65.6-percent shooting from the field.
Dante has been a force defensively, averaging 1.5 steals and 1.2 blocks per game. Most players at the Oregon center’s size (6’11, 230) aren’t nimble enough to get down in a defensive stance, but Dante he sits in the chair and moves laterally on the perimeter in pick and roll situations.
As is usually the case with modern big men, can Dante do the little things to make it at the next level? Those include, but are not limited to, conditioning, defending without fouling and boxing out consistently. Those are the question marks scouts will have when breaking down his game. His free throw inefficiency has also ranked as an area of concern. The Bamako, Mali native has enough upside, however, to hear his name called in the first round of the 2021 NBA Draft.
Forgoing offers from major collegiate programs like Memphis, Arizona and Oregon, Jalen Green decided to join the NBA G League Ignite. The G League Ignite is part of the NBA G League and is in their inaugural season. Select NBA Draft prospects can join the team rather than attend college and play anywhere from 10-12 exhibition games alongside NBA veterans.
Green, a former consensus five-star prospect and arguably the best player in the Class of 2020, is an explosive leaper and a proficient ball handler. He impressed scouts on the AAU circuit with his ability to slash to the rim and create in transition. As the youngest member of Team USA’s FIBA Under-19 Basketball World Cup roster, Green averaged 10.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.
The California native will have to improve his shooting mechanics, he shot 62-percent from the free throw line and 29-percent from beyond the arc against FIBA competition. In addition to his work on the international circuit, Green averaged 31.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game as a senior in 2019-20 at Prolific Prep in Napa, California. He also helped lead Prolific Prep to a 31-3 overall record.
Despite missing the majority of the 2018-19 campaign due to a foot injury, Bol averaged over 21 points per game, 9.6 rebounds and 2.7 blocks in nine games. We got the opportunity to view Bol as a member of the Cal Supreme Elite AAU squad during the 2017 Nike EBYL tour. Many of the characteristics that were on display during his short stint at Oregon shined regularly on the AAU circuit. His father, the late Manute Bol, was one of the NBA’s top shot blockers during his career. While not quite as tall as his 7’7″ father, the younger Bol does contain a 7’7″ wingspan.