Luguentz Dort, Canada, SG, Class of 2018, Uncommitted, 17.9 Strengths
-Powerful guard with solid size at 6' 5, a strong, chiseled frame, and a 6' 8.5 wingspan. Somewhat similar physically to Arizona guard Rawle Alkins
at the same age, although Dort is a bit more explosive.
-Has a strong first step and is able to play above the rim. Explosive leaper off of one or two feet when he can get momentum behind him. Powerful in transition filling the lanes or handling himself.
-Aggressive, downhill slasher. 56.4% from two in DX database games. Plays with a degree of toughness that's very intriguing when coupled with his physical profile. Doesn't shy away from contact. Fearlessly attacks rim protectors.
-Not an elite ball handler but knows how to navigate a ball screen. Most effective out of early offense step ups. Can change directions with basic crossovers.
-Needs to improve as a shooter but proved that his shot isn't broken. Gets good rotation. Capable when he shoots on the way up or at the peak of his jump.
-Very competitive defensively. Can really sit down in a stance and slide. Will be able to check multiple positions at the college level thanks to his feet, strength and length. Can play some small-ball four in the NCAA. Will pressure the ball. Plays with toughness. Active in the passing lanes.
-Should be able to contribute right away thanks to his physical attributes and ability to defendWeaknesses
-Struggles to make shots with consistency. Shoots on the way down. Arc varies shot to shot. Loses confidence after a couple of misses. Shoots it differently every time. Lifetime 20.9% from three and 62.4% from the free throw line. Pull up can be a bit slow. Wants to get to the rim rather than pull up. Lack of a consistent jumper handicaps him as a scorer in the half court.
-Decision making can improve. Has a tendency to get out of control on the move. Not going to give you much as a secondary playmaker. Score-first mentality. Would benefit from being able to make basic reads out of pick and roll or drive and kick situations, especially given how reliant he is on penetration.
-Can improve his ball skills and savvy out of pick and roll. Best in a straight line. Doesn't shift gears all that often. More power than wiggle.
-Looked very explosive in the BioSteel game but is better in space than he is in traffic. Would benefit from adding more finesse to his finishing game as the level of competition continues to rise.
-Will get caught on screens at times. Body type not all that conducive to getting skinny over screens.
-Leadership skills have room to improveOutlook
Dort was far and away the best player on the floor during the 2017 BioSteel game. Although it's an All-Star setting, Dort brought consistent energy on both ends, tried to tear the rim down on every drive and even shot it well from the perimeter. He looked ready to step into a college game tomorrow and contribute. His shooting stroke remains a major question mark in terms of his long-term, NBA projection but his motor, powerful physical profile, explosiveness, aggressive slashing and two-way potential certainly caught the eye of NBA scouts. Dort remains uncommitted, but will without a doubt end up at a high major program where he'll be able to contribute early on, likely playing up to four positions thanks to his frame and mentality. Dort helped himself more than any other player in Toronto.