One of the better prospects on the west coast is 6-3 shooting guard Tyler Dorsey out of Bellflower, California. He’s rated in many of the services top ten players in the class of 2015 and the top guard by many in his class. In fact one of my AAU circuit friends and a well respected talent evaluator from the west coast, Dinos Tragonis, said the Dorsey would be a good fit with Duke and the way they use their lead guards in a chat we had. Dorseys Dad was a multi sport athlete, so there is some lineage at work here. “He’s a confident player and aggressive on both ends of the court. I see him as a college two guard and an NBA point,” said Tragonis. Dorsey was often seen this past weekend with the ball in his hands, meaning he was running the point as often as he was what many refer to as the shooting or two guard spot. It was clear to me that he was still getting accustomed to the point but he certainly is what I would term a hybrid guard and hybrids have become all the rage in the college game of late with their ability to cause match up problems for the opposing team. If you have followed the Blue Devils over the years, you realize that Coach Mike Krzyzewski does not always play traditional positions but more match ups., so I can see Tragonis point. It was about a decade ago now that I broke a Tragonis Belmont Shores product to Duke named DeMarcus Nelson who was the epitome of a hybrid guard. What I am saying is that Tragonis knows what kind of players the Blue Devils are looking for in that he’s had a long relationship with the staff. “Dorsey can be as good a distributor as a scorer if he has good players around him,” said Tragonis and it was shortly after that when I noticed Dorseys knowledge of the game as he tried to direct teammates with a constant chatter to the right position on the court. And like many good players, you could see the frustration on his face when guys were not spacing properly or when they would not carry through on the court to loosen up the passing lanes. Anyhow, Dorsey is a young man to keep and eye on and now that he is on the radar, check out the latest on him in our interview below where he speaks of Duke contact and more.
Now that the contact period is open for contact with collegiate coaches again, have you heard from Duke?
They [private] texted me early this morning. I as going to call them back during the break. They just wanted to see how I was doing at the camp saying they had heard good things and to call them when I got a chance. I forgot it was the 15th and woke up and found all these text messages on my phone. It’s going to start picking up. I will be more pro active seeking better relationships with the coaches.
Who was the first school to offer you?
Louisville was the first school to offer but no new teams in the fray.
When will you trim your list in a serious fashion?
Right now, I’m open to any team in the country and just starting to weigh my options.
Do you have an early idea on when you may ultimately make a decision of what school you will attend?
Maybe during my junior season or at the end of the summer.
Do any schools currently stand out in the process?
Arizona is standing out and USC and UCLA are the home schools and I am just trying to figure out if I want to stay at home. UConn, Louisville and Gonzaga stand out as well.
What are some of the most important factors for you when it comes to choosing a school?
It just depends on how the coach wants to play me and how he can get me to the next level mainly.
When you make your decision, who will be involved or council you on the process?
It will be a family decision with my parents.
Any visits coming up?
I have two visits to Arizona and Arizona State coming up maybe a week after the NBA camp, but no set dates yet.
Did you like the fact that Duke contacted you?
It’s kind of a big deal but the name of the school doesn’t mean as much to me as a relationship with the coach and getting to that next level while looking at who they’re bringing in.
Despite the Blue Devils contact, it is clear that there is work to be done if they continue to show keen interest. We should know in the coming month or so when Coach Krzyzewski can get out and get a view whether Duke is to become a serious player for the young prospects services. [/private]