Chicago Point Guard Visits Bulls

Football may be getting all the headlines but there's some basketball recruiting news to report as well. USF basketball coach Stan Heath recruiting efforts have him looking in Illinois, a state always loaded with high school basketball talent, and this past weekend, one of the top players in the state made a trip to check out the Bulls

This past weekend Lavonte Dority a guard from Foreman high school in Chicago, IL, a state always loaded with high school basketball talent, made a trip to Tampa to meet with Coach Stan Heath and check out the South Florida Bulls.

"The trip was amazing, I liked it a lot," said Dority "Everybody was great, and the weather was unbelievable."

Dority (6'1-180) is a big bodied guard that loves to play physical and can play defense. As a junior, he led the team with 19.9 points and 6 assists per game, he also averaged 4.8 rebounds per game, and 1.5 steals.

"My coach says I'm like a Barry Davis type player. I got a big frame and I'm good at attacking and creating for others."

Lavonte plays summer ball on Coach Terry Head's Illinois Heat AAU team, and makes up a talented backcourt for Foreman, a team that already has three 2010 Div I commitments in wing-guards Mike McCall (University of St. Louis) Tommy Woolridge (Eastern Illinois) and F/W Eddie Denard (UIC).

"I've really worked on my jump shot this past year, and it's really improved," said Lavonte. "That and working on being a leader on the floor at point guard."

During the trip Dority, who's never been to Tampa before was hosted by Bulls forward Ron Anderson and guard Chris Howard. He also got to meet Dominique Jones, and the rest of the team.

"They were some good dudes, and real good people," said Lavonte. "They showed me around campus, it was real cool, and it was a lot of fun."

"The city was beautiful, and you can't beat the weather. This Chicago weather is crazy."

Lavonte got to attend the Bulls football game against Cincinnati, and also went to the Bulls version of midnight madness, the Bulls Frenzy Friday night.

"The game was awesome," said Lavonte "The atmosphere was really crazy, and out of this world."

"I really like going to the midnight madness thing, just being on the campus, and hanging out with the guys was really cool."

Besides meeting the players, and touring the campus and facilities, Lovonte also had a one on one with the big man himself Coach Stan Heath.

"He's a real good coach and a cool guy," said Dority. "He told me how much he loved to have me and how I fit the system so well. He also told me how much he liked me as a ball player and as a person."

Making the trip with Lovonte was his father who was very impressed with what he saw.

"We liked the coaching staff, the people there and what the school has to offer," said his father Lorenzo. "The atmosphere was just beautiful, and we loved the weather."

Dority had plenty of interest during the spring and summer, and has offers from Baylor, New Mexico and South Florida with several others showing interest including Wisconsin, and Indiana.

"I'm looking for a great fit; I don't want to be here I'm not happy. You have to prove yourself anywhere, and I just the opportunity to do that."

The Chicago standout guard said that there are two schools that he's favoring "Right now I really like South Florida and New Mexico."

"I could see myself playing at South Florida, it's a great place to be and you can't beat the Big East. It's a good spot with great players that are real close."

The trip to Tampa was his second official after already visiting New Mexico, and has trips set to see Wisconsin and Baylor over the next two weeks, and a decision could be coming soon after.

"I just want to see where I fit in best, and want to make a decision as soon as possible. I want to get it over with so I can focus on my senior year without stressing about what school I'm going to and play good ball."

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