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N’Faly Dante Ineligible to Start Season

Oregon will be without the center for at least the first 9 games of the season

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N’Faly Dante, the five-star recruit from Mali, will not be able to enroll at the University of Oregon until December 14th after the NCAA missed his clearance date. Dante reclassified from the 2020 class to the 2019 class this past summer and was expected to receive a hefty amount of minutes from Dana Altman straight out the gate.

The 6’11”, 225-pound big man will miss some key preseason matchups against Memphis, Houston, Seton Hall and the two other games at the Battle 4 Atlantis. It looks as if we won’t be seeing N’Faly go head-to-head against the #1 high school recruit in James Wiseman. The Ducks will play the Memphis Tigers at the Phil Knight Invitational in Portland, Oregon on November 12th.

If all goes according to plan with the NCAA, N’Faly will be eligible to suit up for Oregon for the first time when they travel down to Ann Arbor to face the Michigan Wolverines.

*Arden Cravalho is a Gonzaga University graduate from the Bay Area... Follow him on Twitter @a_cravalho