Luguentz Dort, a 6-5 Canadian combo-guard committed to play for the Arizona State Sun Devils for the 2018 season. This powerful 5-star player, currently spending his senior year playing at Athletes Institute Basketball Academy in his native Canada, is ranked No. 30 by ESPN in the 2018 class. Dort’s commitment is huge for the Sun Devils as he is the first 5-star recruit in the program since James Harden (2007).
Dort has an incredibly advanced and compact frame to pair with noticeable length. He plays with evident physicality and excels as a slasher attacking the basket and finishing through contact. He’s a plus athlete who is explosive in straight lines and can finish above the rim in space and occasionally over others. Dort isn’t adept yet at beating his man one on one to the basket and probably projects better as a player who can attack a defense already in rotation. He’s not an established shooter yet and doesn’t get a lot of elevation on his shot. He competes defensively with his frame with good foot speed and explosiveness, and is already a problem in passing lanes with his length. Dort will be an immediate help to Arizona State in the 2018-19 season.
After visiting several other schools including Baylor and Oregon, Dort became Bobby Hurley’s second international commit of the 2018 class, joining 4-star prospect 6-6 Elias Valtonen from Finland. Valtonen played the past two years with Helsinki Basketball Academy at our National Prep School Invitational tournament.
Valtonen is a solid shooter either with his feet set or when coming off screens. He showed the ability to put the ball on the floor and makes plays for himself off the bounce. He attacks closeouts with both hands and can also comfortably create for his teammates off the pick and roll. His body has room to grow and he must get stronger. He’s a fluid athlete but not always in stance defensively and struggles to stay in front of quicker guys at times. Valtonen’s skill level is outstanding and physical tools are more than good. He should be in the rotation for the Sun Devils in his freshmen year.
After losing out on Dort, Oregon is still in the mix for another Canadian, R.J. Barrett, the top-rated 2018 recruit. Barrett will make decide in early November whether to attend Oregon, Duke or Kentucky.
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