Arizona and Dorsey part ways

Arizona and Tyler Dorsey have parted ways. Read on for details and more.

Bellflower (Calif.) shooting guard Tyler Dorsey committed to Arizona in January. However, he won't end up there.

After speculation that seemingly started when he committed, Arizona and Dorsey have decided to part ways.

The following is a statement from Tyler Dorsey:

"It's been about 5 months since I decided to accept a scholarship offer to the University of Arizona.

"In those 5 months, I have learned a lot about that decision as well as the importance, pressure and scrutiny of making such a major educational and career choice.

"As much as I love the Arizona basketball program as well as the awesome Wildcat fans and highly respect Head Coach Sean Miller and the entire Arizona staff, I realize that, in hindsight, I rushed my college choice and did not provide myself with the greatest opportunity to explore and thoroughly investigate all my possible college options.

"After very careful personal reflection and discussing this issue in depth with my parents, I feel I owe it to myself to open up my recruiting at this time and fully experience the recruiting process in order to allow myself to make the best possible choice for my future. I am pleased that Coach Miller understands and respects my decision to do this and hope that Arizona will continue to be a college option for me.

"I believe that I am entitled to make sure that my ultimate college choice will provide me with the best possible experience and opportunity to maximize my potential as a player, student and person.

"I know there are some in the media, Arizona fan base and public that will criticize this deeply personal decision. But I hope that most will realize and respect my right to do what I feel is best for my basketball and academic career."

There is no denying Dorsey's talent, but much of the debate surrounding him has to do with what position he will be at the next level. Arizona got him to commit as a combo guard and he seemed to be just fine with that role.

"I think he'll have a big role right away," Tyler's dad Jerrid said. "He'll be used on and off the ball. They'll try to use his talents the best they can to help them out. He'll be a lead guard like he is now; he'll be on the ball a lot and he'll be off of it sometimes when they need him to score more."

Still, word that Dorsey ultimately wanted to be a point guard remained and he played the position in high school and AAU, which did not do anything to stop the speculation.

Arizona will now likely turn to Isaiah Briscoe and Allonzo Trier in order to replace Dorsey.


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