Arlington Country Day's Luguentz Dort attacked the rim with a sustained confidence and energy.
The sophomore finished in the paint acrobatically. He drilled straight-away 3-pointers in the first half of ACD's wild 72-70 win over West Oaks on Jan.21.
He countered every play West Oaks' rugged 6-foot-2 guard Richardson Maitre turned in. It was shaping out to be an old fashioned one-on-one battle at ACD's home court in Jacksonville.
Only, this dizzying eyeball to eyeball showdown wasn't just between Dort and another high-major guard. Maitre, a senior is Dort's older cousin and has been a major influential figure on his career.
"They are cousins, but when they come to the floor they both want to win," said Koch Bar, a 6-foot-9 center headed to Bradley.
"They're both tough. They both play so hard."
The sizzling matchup was cut short when Dort left the game in the third quarter, landing brutally on a hard surge to the rim. The result has been a hand fracture that will shelve Dort for 4-6 weeks. The injury, as untimely as it was, has done nothing to diminish Dort's high-end Division-1 interest.
"I've got offers from Baylor and Missouri, interest from Providence, Alabama, Ohio State, Florida, and a little from Duke," said Dort, a chiseled 6-foot-3 off guard who snares rebounds considerably well for his size.
Dort's game is defined by his ability to beat defenders en route to the bucket.
"Attacking is my best gift," Dort explained.
Dort's performance against West Oaks, brief though it was, was indicative of Dort's ability to pioneer Shaun Wiseman's transition-style offense.
"Baylor offered him, I know for a fact Virginia was looking at him and Ohio State came to see him (against West Oaks)," said Nelson Osse, Dort's AAU coach.
"Virginia and Ohio State are really looking at him. Ohio State liked what they saw in him during the game he got injured."
Osse was quick to reference Ohio State assistant Jeff Boals as a major presence in Dort's recruitment.
The sophomore remains wide open and has yet to pinpoint any favorites just yet. Baylor was one of the first schools to show interest. Providence expressed interest during the summer, when Osse's stock was just strarting to shoot up.
"Providence really liked him from the summer when they first saw him," Osse recalled. "We were at this tournament in Massachusetts. Teams that we've heard from the most lately are Ohio State and Virginia.
Osse describes Dort as a quintessential "strictly business" recruit, a tough-minded kid rarely driven to distraction. Dort doesn't scour the internet for information on other recruits. He loathes the ranking systems and hype, sustaining his focus on the mission at hand.
"He's a winner, he does all these little things that people don't see," Osse said. "He could guard. He rebounds well. He's an elite rebounder, offensively and defensively."
The fearlessness and competitive drive to Dort's game are perhaps most appealing to college coaches.
"He doesn't really care who he plays against, he will just go," Osse said.