Tyler Dorsey to Arizona: Wildcats Land 5-Star SG

Alex KayCorrespondent IJanuary 11, 2014


Tyler Dorsey, one of the most coveted recruits in the nation, has made an early decision on where he will attend college beginning in 2015. The standout guard will be heading to the University of Arizona to play basketball for the Wildcats.

Dorsey announced his decision via Twitter early on Saturday morning.

The 6’4”, 170-pound floor general out of St. John Bosco in Bellfower, Calif., is widely regarded as one of the top talents in the Class of 2015.

According to 247Sports’ composite rankings, he grades out as a 5-star prospect and the fourth-best player in his recruiting class.

Head coach Sean Miller was fortunate to convince Dorsey to come to Tucson, as a number of top-tier programs were targeting the Los Angeles native. He had received offers from defending champion Louisville, hometown powerhouses UCLA and USC, and a number of other marquee schools around the country.

The young guard has the perfect combination of size, skill and athleticism for his position. He possesses the motor of a blue-collar player, but the natural scoring ability of an elite superstar.

Reggie Rankin of ESPN Recruiting has high praise for Dorsey's game:

Dorsey is dominating the competition in high school, picking spots on the floor and getting to them with ease due to his immense quickness and explosiveness. He drives to the basket at will in one-on-one situations and is a great pull-up shooter if the lane happens to be clogged.

While Dorsey can be a bit reckless at times, in terms of playing faster than he should and forcing shots and passes that aren’t there, Miller’s tutelage should help him become the next great guard to come out of Arizona.

He has all the raw talent required to make a name for himself at the collegiate level and could potentially make the jump to the NBA in the near future.

Dorsey, the Wildcats’ first firm commit for 2015, is the latest in a growing list of California-bred prospects to come play under Miller at Arizona.

Grant Jerrett and Brandon Ashley started the trend in 2012, while Aaron Gordon (2013) and Stanley Johnson (2014) continued it by electing to head for the desert.

It seems to have been the right choice, considering the top-ranked Wildcats are currently undefeated and look poised to build a dynasty with Johnson set to join the team next season and Dorsey now waiting in the wings.