Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Elite programs value Dorsey's versatility
By Reggie Rankin
Position flexibility is a trait few prospects share, but every coach seeks in recruiting. Landing a player who can step in at multiple spots on the floor goes a long way toward filling out a roster and can help create matchup advantages on both ends of the floor.
One such player in the 2015 class is Tyler Dorsey (Los Angeles/St. John Bosco), who turned in a scintillating performance at the NBPA Top 100 Camp earlier this month. His undeniable talent, combined with his size and versatility, has college basketball’s royalty in hot pursuit.
No. 8 rising junior Tyler Dorsey holds offers from the likes of Florida, Louisville and UConn.
The five-star guard ranked No. 8 in the ESPN 60 currently claims offers from UConn, Louisville, Florida, USC, UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State, Gonzaga, and many others.
Dorsey can defend and score from all three perimeter positions and plays in full attack mode at both ends of the floor. While he’s more of a shooting guard at this stage of his career, the 6-foot-4, 180-pounder has the ballhandling, court vision and playmaking abilities to run the point as well as the size to move to small forward when his team goes small. He pushes the ball at high speeds on the break, where he can finish with acrobatic layups or drop the ball off to an open teammate for an uncontested layup or dunk.
In the half-court set, Dorsey probes the defense with his tight handle. He beats defenders off the bounce with a quick first step, which he sets up with an excellent shot fake. He also buries the 3-point ball when defenders sag off of him. At times he over-dribbles or takes questionable shots, but Dorsey comes at the defense relentlessly and has a penchant for hitting shots late in the shot clock or in clutch situations.
Dorsey is a tough perimeter matchup because he has an answer for whatever defenders try to do to stop him. Dorsey is an attractive prospect not only because of his versatility, but due to his competitiveness and energy at both ends of the floor. Those traits should help him be a factor at the high school level and at the highest levels of the college game.