I know everyone is fed up with Kerry Blackshear and the annoying process he has drug out and it looks like Calipari is too. According to Evan Daniels, 2020 center N’Faly Dante is visiting Kentucky June 27-29 with the possibility of reclassifying. I wrote weeks ago who N’Faly was and how I wanted him over Kerry and now it’s looking more and more like a possibility.
N’Faly Dante is the 2nd ranked center in the 2020 class but his family seems to be pushing for him to reclassify into 2019. While he is from Wichita, Kentucky is also pushing for a reclassification due to his ability to own the paint and it doesn’t hurt that he is long as hell. While he is technically 6 foot 11 inches, his wingspan stretches to 7 foot 5 and some measurements even think it is bigger. His length allows him to have an elite shot blocking ability and there is no one better to teach him the game than Kentucky’s own Kenny Payne. You know, the guy who trained Boogie, AD, KAT, Bam and pretty much every single big Calipari has ever produced. Payne can bring out the raw talent that Dante possesses and he could easily learn behind Montgomery and Richards. As always, trust in Cal.
As much experience that Kerry brings, it’s time to move on. He has made the process about him and that’s not who we want. We want someone who will work from day one and improve his game, not host a soap opera. N’Faly has the potential to build his game to the likes of Boogie and KAT but honestly he is a Bam at this point. I love Bam but he had pretty much a weak offensive game unless it was a dunk. N’Faly could be a two year player and develop an outside shot and be a huge factor for the Cats.
He has the raw talent on offense that Kentucky could pull from him. While he isn’t the best shooter, he has room to grow. He is very aggressive on the offensive boards and he goes up with authority much like Bam and Boogie did. His defense is what seals him as elite. He has great coordination and strength, going after every shot and he causes opponents to change the course of their shot at the rim. The one thing he has improved is his shot. Like I said, it isn’t the best but he has grown into it. He stroke is pure and once he comes on campus, if he spends time with Kenny he could easily become the shooter that EJ and AD are. His weakness if definitely that he is still learning the game and placements, but I think he’d be a great third big and he could eventually become the #1 big on the team.