After a strong junior season at Lincoln Park, guard L.A. Pratt was hoping to earn his first division one offer over the summer.
On Wednesday, his dream finally became a reality when he picked up an offer from Duquesne while visiting the program
“As we talked, we just talked about my game and everything, and then Coach Dambrot just told me that he was offering me,” he added. “I was really excited about it. It was a great feeling, for sure.”
After a great visit , I’m Beyond Blessed to receive a division 1 offer from Duquesne university ! Huge thanks to coach dambrot , Weigand and the rest of the staff for the opportunity #godukes #agtg pic.twitter.com/kMIlHAhFId
— LA Pratt 💲 (@lapratt4) August 4, 2021
Pratt is a 6-foot-4 point guard who is originally from Columbus, Ohio, but moved to the Pittsburgh area a few years ago. He has been in contact with the Duquesne staff since the early spring, and after the staff watched a few of his games on the AAU circuit this summer, they invited him out for a visit.
“I actually liked it a lot, I enjoyed the visit a lot,” Pratt said about Wednesday’s trip to Duquesne. “I got to come and watch practice, I liked the facilities, and all of it. So it was a super good visit for me. I enjoyed all of it.”
Pratt included that he is also being recruited by UC Riverside, UTEP, North Carolina A&T, and Harvard as of now. However, while all of those schools have been showing interest, none have offered except for Dambrot.
“We are building a really strong relationship,” Pratt said about the fifth-year head coach Dambrot. “Coming into the visit, I kind of thought Dambrot was like a meaner coach. But really just watching him coach his players, he really instills his guys with a lot of confidence. Every time he gets on a player it is a teaching moment. I like the way that he gives them confidence and how he teaches them to do the right things no matter how much time it will take to fix things. He just tries to make everybody their best self.
At 6-foot-4, Pratt has excellent height for his position, which he values greatly on both there offensive and defensive sides of the ball. While his scoring has started to become a weapon over the past few years, he has always focused his game around another skill: sharing.
“I think my best attribute is getting the ball to others and creating for others,” Pratt said. “I like to get other people the ball. I also feel like I can handle the ball really well. Scoring is something that I do, but that is not what I pride my game after. Being a playmaker for my teammates I feel like that’s the biggest thing for me. My whole life I have kind of been pass-first. Recently, these last couple years, I turned into a scorer. Just creating for others and being able to get everybody involved and find my teammates, that’s what I love to do. And defensively. I love to guard the ball.”
After picking up his first offer, what is next for Pratt and his Lincoln Park squad?
“Our goal is always a section championship, a WPIAL championship, and a state championship,” he said. “Lincoln Park is known to be super successful over the last few years, we lost in the state semifinal last year, but we’ve got a great group of guys coming back. We are looking to come back for what we missed out on last year. So, definitely WPIAL again, and then for sure try to get that state championship.”