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macaoidh
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N'Faly Dante is basically the second coming of Shaq...
...and that isn't an exaggeration.

The film from the Nike EYBL event in Indianapolis he was voted the MVP of over the weekend is ridiculous. Just ridiculous.

And there is more and more buzz to the effect that Dante is beginning to lean back toward LSU. Kentucky's people are getting panicky.

BTW, here's a thing on the whole recruiting picture as it stands today.
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Cadello
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Eunice
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re: N'Faly Dante is basically the second coming of Shaq...
Can you summarize, fricking pop ups


Tigers eyes
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re: N'Faly Dante is basically the second coming of Shaq...
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N'Faly Dante is basically the second coming of Shaq...

In what way? I mean, size-wise he isn't close to Shaq. Shaq was a freak of nature out of HS. 7'1" 280 pounds and had the athletic ability of a guard. But, IDK, maybe so, he is big and athletic. Probably a little more skilled than Shaq was at the same age. But Shaq didn't turn 18 until his freshman season was almost over.
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EXPLAYER
Member since Jul 2017
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re: N'Faly Dante is basically the second coming of Shaq...
Can kid reclassify.


SoloTiger
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re: N'Faly Dante is basically the second coming of Shaq...
Would be best possible scenario for LSU if he could.

Legit shot to repeat as SEC champs with Dante.


Makavellimw
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Member since Sep 2008
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re: N'Faly Dante is basically the second coming of Shaq...
Who to look for in those slots? Well, the graduate transfer/JC market is quite a bit picked over at this point. But there are a couple of names circulating who could be candidates to join Watford as a spring LSU signee.

Khalid Thomas is a 6-9, 210-pound forward from the College of Southern Idaho rated as the No. 12 JC recruit in the country. Thomas, who averaged 14.5 ppg and 6.5 rpg as a freshman in 2017-18, saw his numbers dip to 8.6 ppg and 4.7 rpg this past year as a foot injury limited him to only 16 games. Last week he was released from his letter of intent to Texas Tech, owing to the Red Raiders taking a pair of highly-sought-after graduate transfers. LSU had offered Thomas back in the fall, and will likely be involved in his recruitment. But so will Oregon, and Thomas – who is originally from Idaho – took a visit to Eugene last weekend.

Eric Hamilton is a bigger body than Thomas at 6-10, 250, and he has a connection to LSU assistant coach Greg Heiar from Hamilton’s first two years of college when both were at Wichita State. Hamilton transferred to UNC-Greensboro and played as a spot starter on a 29-7 team. He averaged 6.1 ppg and 4.4 rpg, shooting .591 from the floor in about 16 minutes per game of action – not exactly the stuff of legend, but if you’re looking for a somewhat-productive banger to give you five fouls and some defense inside, Hamilton could be serviceable.


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Makavellimw
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re: N'Faly Dante is basically the second coming of Shaq...
Kelvin Jones is a 6-11, 230-pound center from Idaho State who’s graduating this spring and leaving due to a coaching change there. Jones averaged 9.9 ppg and 5.6 rpg for the Vandals, shooting .553 from the floor and adding 1.5 blocks per game in 20 minutes per contest of action on an 11-19 team. He was highly productive but for a major hole in his game – Jones averaged 3.9 fouls per contest, which was the most in the country. Jones spent two years at UTEP, redshirting his first year, then transferred to Odessa JC before playing as a junior at ISU this past year. If Wade and his staff could do something about those fouls, Jones might be worth taking as an interior enforcer off the bench. Whether LSU is involved with Jones at this point isn’t known.

Sebit Reath, a 6-10 sophomore at Lee Junior College in the Houston area, is the younger brother of former Tiger Duop Reath. Sebit is a bit more of a project than Duop was, and he might not be a great fit for the up-tempo style Wade clearly wants to play. But Reath was productive this past year, averaging 12.6 ppg and 9.9 rpg and shooting an impressive 43% from the 3-point line as a sophomore. And if nothing else, he’s got an impressive vertical leap.


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Makavellimw
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re: N'Faly Dante is basically the second coming of Shaq...
Of course, the too-good-to-be-true scenario for LSU would be for 6-11, 249-pound five-star recruit N’Faly Dante from Sunrise Christian High School in Wichita, Kansas to opt for reclassification to the 2019 class and choosing the Tigers. Dante is currently rated as the No. 10 player in the country for 2020 by 247 Sports, and the top-rated center in that class according to ESPN, but he’s rumored to be seriously considering finishing high school this summer and signing with a college. If he does that the three programs most often considered as his favorites are LSU, Kentucky and Tennessee. Before Wade’s suspension the word was LSU had the inside track – now it’s Kentucky catching a little more buzz. But with Wade back and Watford coming, it’s perhaps worth another look at Dante, a native of Mali whose game is awfully reminiscent of a young Shaquille O’Neal. Dante was in action over the weekend at the Nike EYBL event in Indianapolis, and he absolutely slaughtered the competition. If Wade were to land him, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that Dante and Watford would give LSU a better post tandem than Bigby-Williams and Reid did this past year.


Makavellimw
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re: N'Faly Dante is basically the second coming of Shaq...
SU also needs to get somebody they can develop over the longer term, because constantly retooling the post with one-year players will have the program on a knife edge every year. Along those lines, here are a couple of players who are potential takes as developmental post players.

First Rodney Howard is a 6-10, 230-pounder from Roswell, Georgia who played this past season at Legacy Early College Charter School in Greenville, South Carolina. He’s currently rated the No. 235 player in the country by 247 Sports, but he’s known to have a lot of upside – Howard’s only been playing basketball for three years. He had signed with Ole Miss in November, but with Sy committing there Howard asked for and received his release, and he’s now on the market. LSU has a connection with Howard in that Legacy Charter assistant coach Jeff Merritt was a manager on the Clemson basketball team with Wade and is the brother of LSU Coordinator of Basketball Operations Brian Merritt. Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh, Wisconsin and Georgia are the others in the hunt for Howard.


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Makavellimw
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re: N'Faly Dante is basically the second coming of Shaq...
And another player who just reclassified from 2020 to 2019, Ginikachukwu “John” Ojiako, is a very intriguing developmental prospect. The 6-10, 210-pound Nigerian starred on a loaded Admiral Farragut High School team in St. Petersburg, Florida this year, showing off some nice athleticism and a pretty good low post game. 247 Sports doesn’t even have him ranked for 2020 at this point, so he’s definitely a sleeper prospect, but Virginia Tech just offered Ojiako for 2019 and LSU is apparently on his trail as well.


Alt26
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re: N'Faly Dante is basically the second coming of Shaq...
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Legit shot to repeat as SEC champs with Dante.


With him you'd probably have a bit better offensive frontcourt than last season. KBW wasn't much of an offensive threat outside of dunks/putbacks. BUT, the dominance on the offensive glass likely wouldn't be there. Plus, for as good as he projects, I don't know if freshman Dante would be a better defender than senior KBW.

Still, I think if LSU were able to get him for next season, that would vault them, at minimum, into the preseason top 4 of the SEC (along with UK, Florida and Auburn)


Bjorn Cyborg
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re: N'Faly Dante is basically the second coming of Shaq...
Did you just cut and paste from an article with no link or attribution?

I think you did.


ColeLSU
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re: N'Faly Dante is basically the second coming of Shaq...
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With him you'd probably have a bit better offensive frontcourt than last season. KBW wasn't much of an offensive threat outside of dunks/putbacks. BUT, the dominance on the offensive glass likely wouldn't be there. Plus, for as good as he projects, I don't know if freshman Dante would be a better defender than senior KBW.



I thought Dante was much more of a defender / rebounder than an offensive contributor....
Where as Watford is the opposite, an offensive guy. They'd pair well together.


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LaVil
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re: N'Faly Dante is basically the second coming of Shaq...
Garbage site. Be careful what you attempt to share. Pop ups


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alumni95
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re: N'Faly Dante is basically the second coming of Shaq...
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Did you just cut and paste from an article with no link or attribution?


Beat me to it... unless we have some ‘pro’ scouting evaluator posting here now.

Dude should list the source at a minimum.


OGtigerfan87
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re: N'Faly Dante is basically the second coming of Shaq...
I just don't see why people are putting AU in the top 4 next year. No Harper, Brown, or Okeke plus a couple more rotational players off their bench are gone as well, would take a Kentucky style recruiting class for them to compete for the SEC.
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Bjorn Cyborg
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re: N'Faly Dante is basically the second coming of Shaq...
It’s from the link in the OP


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Makavellimw
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re: N'Faly Dante is basically the second coming of Shaq...
The quote is at the top. Someone said post tidbits because of pop-ups, so I tried to accommodate.


Rosenblatt
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re: N'Faly Dante is basically the second coming of Shaq...
Thank you for the info. It’s appreciated very much. Don’t let the haters get to you


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LSUFreek
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re: N'Faly Dante is basically the second coming of Shaq...
Outside of the fact Shaq & N'Faly are both centers that play in the post, nothing about their game or body frame is even close to comparison.

Enjoyable/informative read otherwise.



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