N'Faly Dante
N'Faly Dante (Photo: 247Sports)

A number of key storylines come out of the July evaluations. One of the big ones as it pertains to the top underclassmen in the country was the emergence of 2020 elite big man N’Faly Dante, of Sunrise Christian Academy.

As Dante was dominating games in Las Vegas, college coaches were scrambling to find out more about the gifted big man. According to his high school coach Luke Barnwell, a number of coaches thought he was a 2018 prospect and were stunned to learn he was a rising sophomore.

“Dante is really, really special,” Barnwell told Scout. “He’s got a chance to be as good as anybody in this class.”

“The bigger the stage the better he is,” he added.

At his size and equipped with a 7-foot-6 wingspan, Dante can impact the game in a variety of ways, whether it be protecting the rim, rebounding or scoring from close range.

“He knows how to play basketball,” Barnwell said. “A lot of kids are big, athletic and can block shots, but he knows the game and has a good feel for the game. He has great touch with both hands. He can make skill shots and he’s got it with both hands. He’s very, very mobile and runs the floor well and is bouncy.”

Dante's play throughout the spring and summer landed him in Scout's initial 2020 top 15 list. 

In terms of his college recruitment, it’s still quite early, according to Barnwell. But Dante did take a recent unofficial visit and is expecting a Blue Blood to see him at the beginning of the open period.

“We went up to Kansas last Friday (August 25th) with Malik Hall,” Barnwell said. “They are recruiting Malik too. We checked stuff out for a little bit.”

“Kentucky is going to come watch him in the fall,” he added. “Coach [Joel] Justus called and is going to come see him.”

Barnwell said to go with the interest from Kansas and Kentucky, that Ohio State, Butler, Purdue, LSU, Oklahoma and Ole Miss have all reached out to show interest.