The BioSteel All-Canadian game is more than just a spectacle highlighting the nation’s top prospects, it’s also an opportunity for players to generate some buzz on an international level.
Montreal, QC., native Luguentz Dort did just that at the third-annual All-Canadian Game last week, finishing the night with 30 points and notching the MVP award in front of a sold out crowd at the Goldring Centre in Toronto.
Set to graduate in 2018, Dort is already piquing the interest of many mid-to-high major NCAA colleges, and based on the list of schools he’s received word from, there seems to be a high demand for the soon-to-be 18-year old.
“I didn’t cut my list yet but I have Florida, Baylor, Louisville, Oregon, Arizona State, UNLV and Missouri,” said Dort, who played for the World Select Team earlier this month at the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Oregon. “Probably this summer I’ll visit a school, just try to match with a good coach, great teammates and find a good position for me to play in college.”
According to Draft Express’s Mike Schmitz, Dort has a 6’8.5” wingspan and possesses the tools to become a lockdown defender at the next level. On offence, he’s an aggressive rim attacker with elite driving ability and doesn’t shy away from contact.
Although Dort likens his playing style to Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook — just based off the natural elements of his game, namely the speed, strength and athleticism he possesses—the Conrad Academy (Orlando, FL) product understands that there are areas of his game that require improvement, specifically his ball-handling and shooting ability, the latter of which he’s worked on mightily over the past year.
“A lot,” he said in response to how much work he’s put in to develop his jump shot. “To be honest the whole year…down in Florida that’s what I did the whole time.”
Dort doesn’t have the tightest handle or the sharpest crossover, but he does a good job of reading defences and piloting the floor, using his size as a shield against pesky defenders. Much like Westbrook, he relies on strength and speed to blow past the opposition, employing an elite first step to create separation before bursting to the rim for a layup or dunk. He already has the explosiveness to get to the rim whenever he chooses to, but adding creativity on the bounce will only make it more difficult to guard him.
With another year to go at Conrad Academy, he has an ample amount of time to fill any holes.
Written by Jas Grewal
Photos by Reel Motion Imaging
Edited by Drew Ebanks