Papa Kanté is a consensus four-star prospect in the NCAA Basketball draft class of 2023. He is a 6’10 attacking player with great size, including a wingspan of 7’4. Kante is the typical athletic rim protector and has real potential as an offensive threat beyond just catching lobs and grabbing offensive rebounds.
The South Kent, Connecticut native has had several teams reportedly involved throughout his recruitment and Kante has made it official, with a top 5 list. The teams involved are Michigan, Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Maryland and Memphis. A decision could come before the start of the 2022-23 basketball season.
Which one makes more sense to Kante? Here’s a closer look at your potential fit with each of the five options.
Terrapins already have a very good class in 2023 with a trio of commits, all on the perimeter. Jahnathan Lamothe, Jamie Kaiser and DeShawn Harris-Smith are all four-star prospects behind the scenes to rebuild this area. That leaves the center as the only point that needs to be addressed, especially after Qudus Wahab was transferred back to Georgetown this offseason.
Maryland can effectively offer Kante the starter spot as a rookie and he would fit right in in a Big Ten Conference that doesn’t have many bigs spacing. He would also fit in well with new coach Kevin Willard, who prioritized defending and rebounding while at Seton Hall. If immediate playtime is important to Kante, this option can easily provide that.