Oregon head coach Dana Altman and his bench celebrate a bucket to keep their lead in the final minutes of their 59-54 win over Arizona at McKale Center, Thursday, January 17, 2019, Tucson, Ariz.

Evidence from recent NCAA Tournaments will tell you experience matters in college basketball, yet Oregon now just might be the Pac-12 favorite ... thanks to a guy who was supposed to be a high school senior next season.

Five-star center N'Faly Dante of Mali announced Tuesday he has committed to the Ducks, via a heartfelt message in The Players Tribune, and will reclassify to 2019.

Combined with the springtime grad transfer additions of Shakur Juiston (UNLV) and Anthony Mathis (New Mexico), plus five-star forward C.J. Walker and two other freshmen -- the Ducks now appear to have enough to comfortably replace early departees Bol Bol, Louis King and Kenny Wooten.

And while that's a lot of transition to work through, it's worth noting that the Ducks will be led by one of the conference's best veterans, point guard Payton Pritchard.

What's more: Oregon coach Dana Altman may not be done yet. The Ducks are still pursuing four-star forward Addison Patterson, who also could reclassify to 2019.

Altman has long made a habit of recruiting into September, taking advantage of Oregon's late start to the school year because of its quarter-based academic calendar. But this might be his most notable late push yet.

ESPN is already wondering if Dante's addition makes the Ducks a Top 10 team, while CBS' Gary Parrish has them at No. 15 in his updated rankings. 

I'm still working through research on Pac-12 teams for next season but as of now, I'd probably go with a top four of Oregon, Washington, Colorado and Arizona, in that order...

Oregon State added 7-foot juco transfer Roman Silva.