N'Faly Dante NBA Draft Scouting Report

Position

  Height

 Weight

 From

C  6-11  242  Wichita, KS (Mali)

  Born

  Wingspan

  Standing Reach

  Vertical

 10/19/01 7-5 9-2 1/2  NA

Overview

An elite center prospect who projects as one of the best shot blockers to come through the high school ranks in years. Raw but with huge upside, especially on the defensive end.

Strengths
Dante has truly elite physical tools at this stage in his development. Already pushing 7 feet tall, with a massive wingspan and good coordination and strength, he has a chance to become a special defensive talent. He goes after every shot around the rim and is an intimidating force who causes opponents to think twice before entering the lane.

Although Dante isn't a polished offensive player he does have good hands and shows good timing on the offensive glass. He takes the ball hard to the rim and uses his impressive reach to get way above the rim with his dunks.

Has decent handles and can handle in the open court if he needs to. Shows some touch from mid range with a decent looking stroke.

His post game consists mostly of strong moves to the rim, including a power dribble and drop step move. He also has a nice right hand flip hook that he shoots with great height, making it nearly impossible to block.

Has good mobility and changes ends well. Can make plays in transition, showing off his coordination and great length.

Weaknesses
Still learning the game, figuring out where to be on the court and which rotations to make on D.

Is very raw on the offensive end, lacking consistency with his outside shot and isn't a good free throw shooter.

Comparisons
He shows flashes that remind of Joel Embiid...but it's too early to tell if he'll ever reach that level.

Projection: first round pick in the 2021 NBA Draft