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Luguentz Dort found out he had been offered by Michigan State the same way he usually learns about offers: through Twitter.
The Calusa Prep (Miami) junior guard, rated a 4-star prospect in the 2018 class by the 247Sports composite, checked his phone and saw the post from his coach at Brookwood Elite, Joey McKitterick. Michigan State assistant Dane Fife had called to share the news.
— Brookwood Elite (@brookwoodelite) May 4, 2017
“I was really happy,” Dort said. “It’s a pretty good school with pretty good coaches. They put a lot of players in the league, too.”
Dort has since spoken with both Fife and Michigan State coach Tom Izzo. He said his talk with Izzo went “really good.”
Having grown up in Montreal where he didn’t watch a lot of college basketball, the French-Canadian guard has plenty to learn about Michigan State — especially considering how he didn’t know the Spartans were even interested. But he’s well aware of their successes.
“Michigan State has always been one of the top schools in the country, so I would always hear about them,” Dort said. “I know they play defense really hard. I know they crash the rebounds. They’ve had some good guards. [Chicago Bulls guard Denzel] Valentine was there last year. He was there for four years and did great.”
Dort will look closely at players past and present when coming to a decision. He wants to go to a school with a guard-oriented offense that plays fast and utilizes the pick-and-roll.
McKitterick described Dort as a combination of the Boston Celtics’ Marcus Smart and the Phoenix Suns’ Eric Bledsoe. He has averaged 21.0 points and 4.9 rebounds on 51.3 percent shooting in the Adidas Gauntlet Series this season.
“I’m a guy that plays fast,” Dort said. “I really like to drive, shoot the ball when I’m open, and I really like to create for others. I like to drive, so they’re going to start crashing on me, so I’m going to start passing the ball outside.”
Dort has blown up in the past two weeks with offers from Michigan State, Indiana, N.C. State, Pittsburgh, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UConn, Washington and West Virginia. He had already held offers from Baylor and Oregon, and he has taken visits to Arizona State, Florida, Louisville and Miami.
So how would he fit in at Michigan State? McKitterick got a bit of an explanation from Fife.
“[They’re interested because of] how their dominoes fell in terms of their depth chart,” McKitterick said. “They weren’t expecting [freshman forward Miles] Bridges to come back, and he did. So now in 2018, they kind of need a guard.”
Dort could be the answer, but with this recent flurry of offers, he’s still very early in the process. His desires from a school, at this point, remain vague.
“I’m just trying to find a good place with good coaches,” he said.
Spartans back in on 4-star DB?
Michigan State got great news over the weekend as one of its top in-state targets reopened his recruitment. Four-star Detroit Cass Tech junior cornerback Kalon Gervin announced his de-commitment from Notre Dame on Saturday, surely leading to a lot of excitement from the many schools that missed on him.
Do the Spartans have a shot? It certainly sounds like it. In an interview with 247Sports’ Tom Loy, Gervin said, “I’m probably going to hit up Michigan State.” Additionally he downplayed the extent of mutual interest with Michigan.
Who else could be in the running? According to Loy’s article, Gervin also has interest in Florida, Oklahoma, Oregon and Virginia Tech. The Spartans will have a tough time keeping him in state, but it’s worth a shot.
Michigan State offers receiver on visit
Julian Major’s visit to East Lansing was a fruitful one, as the 3-star Penn Hills (Pittsburgh) junior wide receiver reeled in a Michigan State offer while on campus. He announced the offer Monday afternoon after his visit.
— 〽️Julian Major〽️ (@Gboy_600) May 8, 2017
The offer joins Arkansas, Kentucky and Wisconsin among those on his list. Michigan State has been prioritizing the wide receiver spot in its 2018 class as much as any other, especially after 4-star wideout Joseph Scates’ de-commitment. The Spartans do not have any receiver commits in the class.
Also scheduled to visit was Terry Smith, Major’s teammate. Smith, a 5-8 sophomore running back, currently holds an offer from Howard.