Bloomington – Lavonte Dority has won over the Indiana coaching staff…twice.
The 6'1", 185-pound junior guard from Chicago's Foreman H.S. was originally offered an IU scholarship last summer by Kelvin Sampson after IU's elite camp. Now that Sampson has departed and been replaced Tom Crean, this Class of 2010 standout has caught the eye of the new IU staff as well.
Dority was one of a couple of Chicago area players who was in Bloomington last weekend for unofficial visits, joined by among others Lenzelle Smith. It was Dority's first trip to town to visit with Crean, who has made it clear that he wants to recruit the Chicago area every bit as hard now as he did when he was at Marquette.
Dority said the visit went well, giving him a chance to get a feel for the IU program and taking in last weekend's football game against Murray State. The most important part of the visit, though, was likely a chance to sit down with Crean and his staff and talk about their plans for the future.
"I think he's a great coach, someone develops his players," Dority said about Crean. "I like his style, how his guys play hard, how he's tough on the kids, and how he really seems to care about the kids."
Dority was accompanied by his father as well as his AAU coach, Sid White, on the visit. While Dority has scholarship offers from programs from all over, White thinks Indiana is right at the top of his list.
"He likes them and they like him, and he's going to make his decision pretty soon," White said. "Indiana is probably his top (choice) right now."
Dority was a little more non-commital about favorites, but admitted there's a lot that he likes about the Hoosiers.
"Right now I'm just trying to weigh my options," Dority said. "But I really like IU a lot. They're definitely someone to think about."
When it comes to options, they are plentiful. Dority has drawn interest from the likes of Baylor, Kansas, Marquette, Illinois, DePaul, Providence, Purdue, New Mexico, UNLV, Rutgers and Iowa State, among others. White said Dority is slated to visit Purdue this weekend and go to the Boilermakers' football contest against Oregon.
It's easy to see why IU – and many others - like Dority. As a sophomore he averaged 22 points, five rebounds and five assists per game at Foreman H.S., and then followed that up with a very solid summer with the Chicago Elite AAU team.
"His biggest strength is his size," White said. "He's 6'1" or 6'2" and about 185 or 190 pounds, so he's like a power point guard. He plays really hard, and he's working hard to improve his perimeter shot. He's becoming a pure point guard."
Crean has seen that style first hand on the AAU circuit, and he told Dority that he wants to come up to Chicago to watch him play again once his high school season gets underway.
"He said he loves Chicago guards and he likes my style of play," Dority said.
Dority Talks About IU Visit, Interest
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