12 - N'Faly Dante

6-11, 240 Center
Mali Freshman
10/19/01 (18.1 yrs)
High School
Sunrise Christian Academy
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Post Skills

NBA Comparison: Al Horford

Strengths: 6’11 big man with a lot of upside left to develop … Great size and length with a 7’3.5 wingspan and 9’2.5 standing reach … Solid strength and physicality considering his age … Establishes position down low … Isn’t afraid to bang down low and doesn’t shy away from contact … Good motor and mobility. Stays active even when he’s not getting touches … Consistently runs the floor with good effort and energy … Well-coordinated. Good athleticism and fluidity … Gets off the ground pretty well and finishes dunks with ease … Catches back door oops too high for the defense to get a hand on at this level … Shows good form and a foundation as a jump shooter, showing signs of potentially stretching the floor … Can score in the post. Makes impressive moves in isolation on occasions. Has potential to be an inside-outside offensive threat … Efficient scorer. Averaged 13.1 points per game while shooting 63.9% FG% over the Nike EYBL in 2018, also 17 points per game while shooting 69.8% FG% in his five games at Peach Jam. Shot 68.8% FG% at the NBPA Top 100 in 2018 … Although minimal, can put the ball on the floor at times … Good hands … Willing screener. Good pick and roll potential … Good defender and protects the paint. Instinctive shot blocker. Averaged 1.6 blocks per game over the Nike EYBL in 2018. Finished fourth with 1.7 blocks per game at the NBPA Top 100 in 2018. Averaged 1.2 blocks per game at the U17 World Cup in 2016 … Good rebounder on both ends. Finished ninth with nine rebounds (2.3 offensive) per game over the Nike EYBL in 2018 … Improved his passing out of the post, hits cutters and open shooters … Doesn’t have to score to be effective … Started playing in 2014 and shows great potential on both ends …

Weaknesses: Must learn to play with the same effort at all times, no matter the situation … Lacks experience playing against high level competition … Still developing his post-game and offensive technique … Has a good frame and solid ability to handle contact but must continue to work on core strength … Most of his points come in the paint, many times by simply rim running/catch and finishing … Makes impressive moves at times but doesn’t consistently finish them off. Isn’t always heavily involved with the offense … Limited scoring range … Although shows good form on his jump shot, he hasn’t shown to be an outside threat in games yet … Can improve as a free throw shooter. Shot 67.6% FT% over the Nike EYBL in 2018 … Needs to keep the ball high after rebounds and in traffic …

Outlook: 2018 All-Peach Jam: Second Team with averages of 15.1 points, 9.4 rebounds, one block, 63.8% FG% … Played in the 2018 Nike Hoop Summit … Finished with 16 points (8-10), six rebounds, and three blocks in the 2017 Jordan Brand Classic Global Showcase …

Evan Tomes 11/5/18

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