Arizona State guard crashed to the court early in the second half of the First Four matchup with the St. John’s Red Storm. With the Sun Devils leading 38-25, the freshman guard rose high for a rebound but was undercut by the Johnnies’ Mustapha Heron before taking a tumble.
Officials gave Heron a flagrant one foul, and Dort was assessed by the Arizona State medical staff as just having a bruise on his knee. He is wearing a precautionary brace on his knee.
The Sun Devils eventually prevailed 74-65 for head coach Bobby Hurley’s first-ever NCAA Tournament win. Dort reentered the game after sitting for a few minutes, finishing with 21 points on 6-of-11 shooting.
He averages 16.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. He’s not the most efficient shooter, canning just 31 percent of his 3-pointers.
Many scouts and analysts see the 6-foot-4 guard going anywhere from the NBA lottery to the first round. Let’s take a look at his draft prospects.
Luguenz Dort NBA Mock Drafts
Jeremy Woo of SI.com lists him as the No. 22 overall pick to the Boston Celtics on his most recent mock draft. Despite the high ranking, he says that Dort has just a “passable skill set.”
With the long-term future of Boston’s backcourt somewhat uncertain, adding Dort to the mix would provide some long-stability. He can be dynamic defensively and should be more effective when asked to do less as a scorer. His shooting struggles and overall skill level needs to improve, but people are comfortable with him as a floor-based pick—there aren’t many players with his heavier body type who are as athletic as he is. Dort is sort of a half-empty/half-full player, depending on what you value, but he has the right type of profile to succeed as a role player.
Looking at Dort’s shooting numbers, it seems clear that he’s a prospect that has yet to combine his elite frame with the handles and shot necessary to hit the ground running on a professional team.
Another optimistic take is Bleacher Report’s Jake Rill, who sends Dort to the Portland Trail Blazers with the No. 23 selection.
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Aran Smith’s NBA Draft Net barely sees the Sun Devils guard going in the draft at all, pegging him as the No. 58 overall prospect on his top-100 list.
ESPN has him as the No. 7 shooting guard and No. 28 player on its draft board. So let’s dive into this disparity.
Dort is the type of player that you trot off the bus first. He’s an absolute load and possesses well-developed physique for a player his age. He also has the quick-twitch explosiveness to rattle rims at the next level.
What he lacks is basic handles, such as finishing with his left hand. These are things that professionals will feast on until he adapts. He also isn’t great at using his athleticism to create his own shot, unlike a James Harden.
Looking at his efficiency numbers, he posts a 98.7 offensive rating. That means he scores less than a point per 100 possessions. Translation: he takes a lot of shots to get his scoring output.
Take his game against Kansas back in December. He needed 14 shots just to muster 13 points in the win, including just 2-of-11 from inside the arc.
Fast forward to tonight against St. John’s, and he is playing far more efficient basketball. Should Arizona State hold onto the win here in Dayton, he can build off this performance in the next round against No. 6 seed Buffalo.