School: Arizona State
Luguentz Dort is a Canadian guard that moved to Jacksonville, Florida, as a high school sophomore. He was able to face better competition and the Montreal native was also able to learn English. Dort then moved back to the Great White North for his senior season to play at the Athlete Institute Basketball Academy, the same school as Jamal Murray. He turned himself into a five-star recruit and chose Arizona State with other big offers on the table.
In his lone year under Bobby Hurley, Dort was named the Pac-12 Rookie of the Year and was selected to the conference’s All-Freshman and All-Defense First Teams. He led the Sun Devils in scoring at 16.1 points a game and also averaged 4.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 steals.
His biggest strength is probably … his strength. At 222 pounds, Dort is a wrecking ball when driving to the paint — something he can do pretty smoothly with both hands — and shows absolutely no fear. He has a lightning quick first step and is an elite athlete. He’s so smooth, takes such long strides and is so explosive that he plays much bigger than his 6-foot-4 height would suggest. It’s sort of like Donovan Mitchell coming out of Louisville, though Dort features more muscle.
This play against Kansas is a perfect example.
That is special athleticism.
His form doesn’t look bad and he’s able to create space for his jumpers with ease because of his quickness and a smooth handle. He spent most of his time off the ball, but showed potential as a playmaker and working the pick-and-roll.
He’s as active as they come defensively. He had the fourth-most steals in the Pac-12 and is also a strong rebounder for his height. He was frequently able to turn stops into opportunities on the other end. He should be able to guard ones and twos and the occasional three at the next level.
It’s odd because his form looks pretty solid, but he shot just 30.7 percent from three. For a high usage player, he struggled shooting off the dribble. He also shot just 40.5 percent from the field. Part of that is his inability to finish at the rim at times. Again, it’s a little strange considering he’s so strong and athletic. He did have a tendency to force things, dribbling into crowds and causing turnovers.
Like a lot of young players, you worry about his defensive awareness, especially off the ball. There could be concern about him being a little too active and physical as a young player.
Dort is an intriguing fit for the Sixers. If he can develop into more of a point guard than an off guard, he’d be an even better fit. He could likely help them immediately on defense while he works out the kinks on his shot and the rest of his offensive game.
He’s a borderline first-round pick so he could be in play at No. 24 or perhaps if Elton Brand uses his four second-round picks to maneuver to the back end of the first.
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