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Oregon Ducks center N’Faly Dante out for season with torn ACL

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The Oregon Ducks (5-1, 1-0) have lost its starting center for the season.

Sophomore N’Faly Dante tore his left ACL against San Francisco on Thursday night and will have surgery in the coming weeks, the program announced Saturday morning. 

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The 6'11" player was averaging 8.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per game and shooting 65.6 percent from the field as a sophomore.

"I'm not sure. I'll talk to Clay [Oregon's school trainer]. He was in the locker room. Didn't seem to be hurt too bad," said Dana Altman trying to assess the injury after the game.

The former five-star recruit reclassified to join the team midway through last season at the conclusion of the fall semester. He made a limited impact in the crowded Ducks frontcourt. He averaged 5.8 points and 2.8 points on 62.7% from the field in 13.6 minutes per game as a freshman.

In the 2020 recruiting class, he was the nation's No. 4 center and No. 14 overall player.  

After Dante left the game Thursday, Altman used sophomore forward Chandler Lawson to replace Dante in the rotation along with some small-ball minutes with Eugene Omoruyi at center. The Ducks will be adding four-star signee Franck Kepang to the roster soon, too, who can help out as another 6'11" center.