SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The first July evaluation period for Archie Miller as Indiana’s head coach was one to remember. With significant roster turnover looming at the end of the upcoming 2017-18 season, Miller and staff faced an uphill battle to fill out a roster with multiple openings and a short time to fill them.
So when Indiana received commitments from three frontcourt players in the span of 24 hours earlier this week in Race Thompson, Jerome Hunter, and Damezi Anderson, it was a major step in the right direction.
Now, though, the focus for Miller and staff will likely shift to supplementing the Hoosier backcourt. There are several players Miller has been tracking through the summer to do just that, including Luguentz Dort, a 6-foot-4 combo guard who plays at the The Conrad Academy in Florida. Dort is a native of Montreal.
Dort, the country’s No. 27 overall player in the 2018 class according to the 247 Composite, recently wrapped up play at the adidas Gauntlet Finale in Spartanburg with the Brookwood Elite program.
Throughout the tournament, the Indiana staff made Dort a priority and was on hand to watch him pour in a team-high 19 points to go along with five rebounds and six steals in Brookwood Elite’s 87-80 win over Dream Vision.
“That tells me they really want me and I’ve got to give them a chance,” Dort said of Indiana’s consistent presence during the event. “I’ll visit and see how it goes. They talk to me every day. It’s going pretty well.”
There’s plenty to like for Indiana regarding the 200-pound guard. Known for his aggressive style and ability to get to the basket, Dort is one of the top scorers in the adidas Gauntlet circuit, averaging 19.4 points per game.
Of course, showcasing that scoring prowess on a high-profile summer circuit means increased competition for his services.
At this point, Dort says he wants to visit Miami, Baylor, Oregon, Indiana, and Big Ten rival Michigan State, who was two-deep for Brookwood Elite’s final game with both head coach Tom Izzo and assistant Dane Fife in attendance.
He also holds offers from a host of other schools including Louisville, Florida, and UConn and says he has no timetable for a decision, but wants to start scheduling visits sometime in August.
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