Oregon's N'Faly Dante will not be eligible to begin the season with the Ducks as the Malian center has not passed the NCAA's eligibility process prior to his clearance date, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania.
The five-star recruit now plans to enroll at the school on Dec. 14.
"I left my home four years ago with a dream and three goals: Graduate from high school, attend university, and play college basketball," Dante said in a statement, according to Charania. "None of that has changed ... I have completed my academic requirements and am currently waiting for the NCAA Eligibility process to finalize. We are hopeful this will conclude soon and have asked the NCAA to keep my goal of a December 14, 2019 enrollment date in mind.
"Every prospective student athlete that purchases an NCAA Eligibility Center ID, regardless of their gender or origin, should be entitled to a timely and transparent process that's in line with the student's targeted enrollment date."
Dante committed to Oregon in August, turning down reported offers from Kanas and Kentucky, among others, according to ESPN. The 17-year-old Sunrise Christian Academy star was rated the 14th overall prospect (fourth among centers) in the recruiting class of 2019 by 247Sports.