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Final sights & thoughts from the Hardwood Classic

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Class of 2020 big man N'Faly Dante gets animated during the Hardwood Classic. (Photo by Matt Scott)

Class of 2020 big man N'Faly Dante gets animated during the Hardwood Classic. (Photo by Matt Scott) by Matt Tait

An entertaining weekend of big time basketball and elite talent on display wrapped up on Sunday at Sports Pavilion Lawrence, where Session 1 of the Hardwood Classic came to a close.

KUsports.com recruiting insider Matt Scott was out there all weekend, taking in the action and tracking the play of the handful of KU targets on hand.

Members of the KU coaching staff were in attendance to watch Class of 2019 forward Malik Hall and MoKan Elite teammate N'Faly Dante, one of the top players in the 2020 class, both Saturday and Sunday.

KU also checked in on Class of 2020 shooting guard Andre Jackson, who wowed the crowd with an explosive performance en route to winning the Friday night slam dunk contest, as well as Class of 2021 forward Jaylon McDaniel, of Blue Springs South.

Dante and Hall, still stinging from falling short last weekend at the high-profile Peach Jam, brought home the hardware this time, knocking off Jackson's City Rocks (Albany, N.Y.) squad, 71-54, in Sunday's title game.

Here are a few highlights from Dante and Hall and a trio of other local prospects worth keeping an eye on, as well as a few images from Scott of the players the KU coaches tracked at the Hardwood Classic this weekend.

Sports Pavilion Lawrence will be hopping again next weekend — July 26-29 — when Session 2 of the Hardwood Classic comes to town.

None by Matt Scott

None by Matt Scott

None by Matt Scott

None by Matt Scott

None by Matt Scott

MoKan Elite small forward Malik Hall prepares to drop the hammer.

MoKan Elite small forward Malik Hall prepares to drop the hammer. by Matt Tait

Class of 2021 prospect Jaylon McDaniel of MoKan Elite.

Class of 2021 prospect Jaylon McDaniel of MoKan Elite. by Matt Tait

Jonathan Jackson, the younger brother of former North Carolina standout and national champion Justin Jackson.

Jonathan Jackson, the younger brother of former North Carolina standout and national champion Justin Jackson. by Matt Tait

Dunk contest champion and Class of 2020 shooting guard Andre Jackson of City Rocks.

Dunk contest champion and Class of 2020 shooting guard Andre Jackson of City Rocks. by Matt Tait

Class of 2020 big man N'Faly Dante, of MoKan Elite, prepares to play a little D.

Class of 2020 big man N'Faly Dante, of MoKan Elite, prepares to play a little D. by Matt Tait

Class of 2019 prospect and MoKan forward Malik Hall looks to get to the rim.

Class of 2019 prospect and MoKan forward Malik Hall looks to get to the rim. by Matt Tait

MoKan Elite prospect Malik Hall catches a little break during the Hardwood Classic in Lawrence.

MoKan Elite prospect Malik Hall catches a little break during the Hardwood Classic in Lawrence. by Matt Tait

3-star Class of 2019 small forward Christian Braun of MoKan Elite and Blue Valley Northwest.

3-star Class of 2019 small forward Christian Braun of MoKan Elite and Blue Valley Northwest. by Matt Tait

Class of 2019 small forward Malik Hall attacks the defense during the Hardwood Classic in Lawrence.

Class of 2019 small forward Malik Hall attacks the defense during the Hardwood Classic in Lawrence. by Matt Tait

Comments

Marius Rowlanski 3 weeks ago

No excuses for not going all out to recruit N'Faly Dante. He will make an unofficial visit late Sept. Maybe he can get his teammate Malik Hall to tag along.

I hate seeing top talent leaving the state.

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