Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Dort Proves Point At Basketball Without Borders Event

Luguentz Dort has been likened to a train with his ability to overpower foes and fluidly knife into the teeth of defenses.

The well-built Dort's game is predicated on bulldozing his way to the rim, utilizing his deceptive quickness and explosive vertical  to finish.

The manpower factor of the 6-foot-4, 215-pound junior's game and the increased dose of defensive tenacity from his sophomore to junior season has shaped one of the country's most coveted recruits.

While the hard-slashing guard is a daunting chore to guard, he's become more adept at creating offense as well.

A hard, powerful dribbler with the ability  to whiz passes with both hands, Dort proved plenty capable of adjusting to point guard. This was evident during Basketball  Without Borders this weekend in New Orleans.

"I always knew how to play the one and manage the game, it's just that I've had a smaller guard with me the last few seasons so I've been playing off the ball primarily," said Dort, who explained that Florida, Oregon, and Baylor are all showing the most consistent love in his recruitment .

Dort said he's expecting Oregon to visit him soon. He added that Arizona has now expressed interest, with Washington, Utah, and N.C. State additionally becoming involved.

Louisville, Arizona State, St. John's, Missouri, UNLV, and several others have offers on the table.

Dort opened eyes as a sophomore at Arlington Country Day, when he scored 33 points against Josh Jackson.

Dort's junior campaign started with a bang, when he hung 29 points against Prolific Prep with Duke-signee Gary Trent in the Bahamas.

During a recent Grind Session event at Taylor County HS in Kentucky, Dort poured in 36 points in piloting Conrad Academy to a double digit win against 22 Feet Academy (S.C.).

Despite marquee performances of this magnitude, Dort was mysteriously left out of ESPN's Top 60 rankings.

Did the low-key Dort find motivation in such a snub?

"I didn't think about it at all to be honest," said Dort, who was flanked by high-profile countrymen such as MVP RJ Barrett.

"I just played my game. I just focused on my own game and didn't think about anything else. I look to get better every time I step on the court and compete against whoever I have to, just looking to perform my best."

Entering this season, the only uncertainty hovering over Dort's game was his outside shot. After suffering a broken wrist during a shortened sophomore year at ACD, he went to work at refining this aspect of his game.

Dort shot the rock with confidence in Vegas last season, showcasing a quicker lease and new touch. It worked to Brookwood Elite 's favor, as he connected on 13-of-21 from beyond the confines of the arc.

Dort, not one to have many distractions outside of basketball, has placed the same emphasis on incorporating a dependable mid-range touch and 18-20 footer in his arsenal.

"Lou is an elite level athlete--vertically explosive, strong, and laterally quick," said Brad Traina, who helped finely tune Dort's game at Conrad Academy.

"He can guard a point guard and finish in the lane and through defenders. He's currently a high-major basketball talent. His ceiling will be determined by how consistent he is able to shoot the ball from deep and mid range at the college and pro level, where there will be 7-footers waiting for him at the rim."