Posted On: 05/17/21 5:03 PM

DJ Dormu’s name has been circulating through the local AAU scene since this spring where he fills a vital role as the starting point guard for Team Thrill’s 16U squad. He’s expected to fill the role of a table setter and facilitator from the point guard position, which is new for him considering he is counted on as a primary scoring option for his high school team.

“This spring has been good for me,” Dormu told Prep Hoops. “I’ve had to play a little differently and be more of a point guard and play defense 94 feet and trying to get better and get my teammates better. Ultimately the goal is to win.”

Dormu’s Thrill team has stacked up the wins by the bundle so far this spring and when it’s all said and done, should be in contention for the UAA crown at the 16U level.

“The transition for me acting as more of a point guard hasn’t been that hard because we have so many good players. I mean we have Derik Queen Derik Queen 6'8" | PF St. Frances | 2024 MD , Malachi Palmer and all those good guys around me, so it’s easier because now I have more people on my team to pass to and know they can get a bucket.”

“I think we just have to be more dialed in as a team on defense,” Dormu said as to what his team needs to improve on going forward. “We have to talk more and then on offense just make sure we take smart shots. We can’t be focused on just scoring points. We have to do whatever we have to do for that specific game in order to win.”

It’ll be easy for this Thrill team to set a tone defensively considering Dormu takes the responsibility of guarding the opposing ball-handler. He’s relentless with pressure and it doesn’t fade as the game wears on. He plays with a competitive edge and mentality that spreads through the other four guys that are sharing the floor with him.

“I’d say I’m a dog,” Dormu said when asked to describe his game. “I’m a tough guard and I want to win. That’s my approach.”

As the spring and summer progresses, the 5-foot-8 guard has a few things in mind that he plans on improving.

“I want to tighten up my ball handling even more. Just making smarter passes with the ball and continue to work on my shooting. Playing with a guy like Derik, I want to be able to catch-and-shoot because he’s always looking to pass the ball out.”

Dormu’s performance this weekend at The Summit in Manheim, Pa resulted in earning his first offer to date from North Carolina A&T. I’d expect more interest to generate soon as this Thrill team continues to climb the ladder.

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