TUALATIN – Friday afternoon the Portland Trail Blazers held their first 2019 pre-draft workout.
Portland holds the No. 25 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft held on June 20.
Six NBA hopefuls worked out for the Blazers on Friday, including Luguentz Dort (guard, Arizona State), Amir Hinton (guard, Shaw University/Lock Haven University), Jaylen Hoard (forward, Wake Forest), Jeremiah Martin (guard, Memphis), Markis McDuffie (forward, Wichita State) and Shamorie Ponds (guard, St. John’s).
The six players were put through a series of tests in front of Trail Blazers General Manger Neil Olshey, including one-on-one, three-on-three, and spot-up shooting drills.
Of the six participants, Arizona State’s Luguentz Dort is the one player who is projected to go late in the draft and should be available for the Blazers at No. 25.
Friday’s workout with Portland was Dort’s second pre-draft workout after participating in a Phoenix Suns’ workout last week. He says he will have about 10 more before draft night.
The 20 year-old guard is confident he can bring “a lot” to an NBA team.
“Defensively I bring a lot of energy,” Dort said. “I bring a lot of intensity and on offense I’m gonna knock down the open shot, get to the rim, just play hard, run the floor.”
Dort decided to make the leap to the professional ranks with the help of Arizona State head coach Bobby Hurley, after just one season with the Sun Devils.
“[Coach Hurley] was really happy. He was the first one who actually told me to leave. We talked a little bit and since I’ve been doing my pre-drafts we’ve been staying in contact,” Dort said.
As a freshman, Dort averaged 16.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.5 steals in 21.5 minutes of play. He started 33 of 34 games and earned Pac-12 Freshman of the Year honors.
At 6-4 and 215 pounds, Dort says he takes prides in his defense.
“When I step on the floor I want my man to feel me on defense, so I’m always playing hard and making it tough on them,” Dort said.
At the NBA Combine two weeks ago, Dort interviewed with 12 different teams. Between his first two pre-draft workouts and talking with teams at the Combine, Dort feels he has received a lot of “good feedback.”
“They all told me to keep doing what I’m doing – drive to the basket… play hard on defense.”
Dort is excited about the possibly of the Trail Blazers drafting him.
“I like how fast they play. I like guards they have and I feel like I can fit pretty well,” Dort said.
For the young fella, he says now it’s all about “getting my body ready” for the next level.