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Wednesday Quickies: Moving on from N’Faly Dante Edition

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The Cats lost out on their lone remaining target in 2019, so the roster for the upcoming season is now set

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The Kentucky Basketball roster for the 2019-2020 season has pretty much been set for the last few weeks, but there was at least one more piece floating out there the Wildcats hoped to grab to solidify the roster even further.

As it turns out, that piece was N’Faly Dante, one of the top big men in the 2020 class who announced yesterday that he was reclassifying to 2019 and opted to head to Eugene, Oregon to play college basketball next season.

Kentucky viewed Dante as a player that could develop as the season goes, provide solid depth for a frontcourt that should be productive but lacks a little depth, and be a high-level shot blocker and rebounder.

However, Kentucky loses out in the end to the Ducks who have been recruiting Dante for quite some time. It continues a trend that we watched develop in the 2019 class where Kentucky seemed to strike out time after time with their frontcourt targets.

Go down the list: James Wiseman, Vernon Carey, Isaiah Stewart, Matthew Hurt, Oscar Tshiebwe, Jaden McDaniels, Kerry Blackshear Jr., and now, N’Faly Dante.

It’s not necessarily as bad as it looks on paper, if you ask me. Kentucky was all-in with James Wiseman, and most likely had that recruitment locked up... until Penny got the Memphis job. It wasn’t a done deal that Wiseman would stay close to home and play for the Tigers after that, but the tide definitely turned at that point, and Kentucky was left to try to make up major ground with other targets. They got in late with guys like Stewart and Tshiebwe, where if they got involved earlier, things may have turned out differently.

Now, with the roster set, Kentucky’s success next season will hinge on good fortune and significant improvements from EJ Montgomery and Nick Richards, as well as the hope that guys like Keion Brooks and Kahlil Whitney will be able to slot in at the 4 position.

If those things come together, Kentucky will be set up for another run at a Final Four.

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Quickies

What’s next for UK after missing on Dante? - Herald Leader

Nick and EJ’s improvement is a must.

Kentucky will be just fine without Dante - KSR

Aaron Torres makes the case why fans shouldn’t worry about losing out on Dante.

Kentucky coaches like O-Line depth - Cats Pause

There are eight guys heavily involved in the rotation.

Previewing Kentucky’s D-Line - KSR

Kentucky finally has a combination of depth and talent in the trenches.

Tae Tae Crumes is turning heads and gaining reps - Herald Leader

The coaches are blown away by his speed.

Breaking down David Grissom’s Board of Trustees claim - Courier Journal

There’s a lot to unpack from that story.

Pro women’s soccer coming to Louisville? - Courier Journal

Seems like a real possibility.

Reds rookie sets homerun record - Yahoo

Aristides is setting the league on fire.

Another Andrew Luck injury saga? - ESPN

Colts fans can’t be too happy about this.

HBO looking at college Hard Knocks - SI

Alabama???

Golden Tate loses appeal for fertility drug - Yahoo

Another day, another weird NFL drug test suspension.