USF’s incoming freshman LaVonte Dority will be a welcome site this fall. The six foot, 180 pound point guard has been very impressive this month in several all-star games.
Dority had a double-double in the Jack Jones shootout with 11 points and 10 rebounds. He followed that up with an encore performance in the Luther Bedford All-Star Classic, pouring in 18 points on his way to winning the MVP.
The Chicago native led his team to a 19-7 record in his final season and turned down offers from teams such as Baylor, Wisconsin, and New Mexico. All three teams had been ranked in the top 25 last season, showing he is a talent and is though highly of around the country.
He finished his senior season averaging 20 points six assists and five rebounds a game. He should come into fall camp and make an impact quickly. The Bulls will need him to, considering the big shoes he has to fill.
Dority is a proven scorer that is not afraid to mix it up for rebounds down in the post. This aggressive play will pay dividends as he attempts to replace Chris Howard and Dominique Jones.
LaVonte is not just a leader on the court; he has shown great maturity in the classroom as well. He carries a 3.0 gpa and wishes to pursue a business degree once he steps foot on campus in Tampa. This type of recruit has been missing from USF’s roster over the last couple seasons, and is a refreshing change.
Dority and Crater will battle for the point guard position next season, something Dority has an edge on considering Crater has already spent time in head coach Stan Heath’s doghouse. Crater was suspended earlier in the season with a failed drug test.
LaVonte’s success in high school gives him a swagger going into his first year of Big East play. This is a good thing, considering confidence and knowing what it takes to win will help Dority quickly become a key member to next season’s USF squad.