Dana Altman provides update on N’Faly Dante’s injuries

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Oregon sophomore starting center N’Faly Dante injured his foot in the opening minutes of the second period against San Francisco on Thursday night. He never returned to the game after leaving the field on his own.

After the game, Oregon basketball head coach Dana Altman briefly discussed Dante’s injury and status after the game.

” I am not sure. I’ll talk to clay [school trainer] here. He was in the locker room. It didn’t sound too hurt, ”Altman said.

The 6-foot-11 center dove for a loose ball in the key and appeared to have his leg / foot wrapped by a teammate Eugene Omoruyi as they were both going after the ball. Dante left the field on his own but was in serious pain. He received treatment from medical staff in Oregon before finally going to court. Dante came back in the middle of the second half but never left the bench other than standing right behind the team during the timeouts.

The Ducks got a good production from N’Faly Dante at the start of this season. The 6-foot-11 senior has started all six games for the Ducks and averages 17 minutes per game as the Ducks continue to train him for their Pac-12 Conference schedule roster. After just 11 minutes of play against USF, Dante is averaging 8.2 points per game, 5.8 rebounds, and has blocked seven shots in six games. Dante shoots 65.6% from the field and has attempted 16 free throws and made seven. Dante also has nine interceptions at the start of this season.

Oregon will be back in action on Saturday afternoon against Portland, and Dante’s status for the upcoming game is likely to be questionable. Oregon used a second-year striker Chandler Lawson instead of Dante on the court in the second half or would be really small with Eugene Omoruyi In the center. The Ducks are also waiting to get the 2021 four-star signatory Franck Kepnang eligible to play after enrolling in school this week. Kepnang is a 6-foot-11 center who was in the top 50 rookies.



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