Vegas Takeout: Donaven Dorsey

LAS VEGAS — Maybe he's less athletic and he's definitely a little smaller, but for Washington don't be surprised if Donaven Dorsey at least occasionally contributes in a fashion similar to Quincy Pondexter.

A slender wing who committed to the Huskies earlier this month, Donaven Dorsey's play in Las Vegas serves as something of a victory lap for Lorenzo Romar and his assistant coaches. Dorsey appears to possess lower top-100 talent and plays an all-around game that should enable him to ultimately challenge for a starting position at U-W.

As mentioned above, he's less explosive than Pondexter. He's also not as quick laterally on the perimeter for defensive purposes. That said, he competes with great vigor and makes a lot of plays for the primary reason that he wants to make them, and as such he's frequently involved in the action.

He's an outstanding transition finisher. Dorsey is a one-footed leaper who seems to get a little bit more leap than he should, based on the speed and timing of his jump. He loves to challenge big men and smaller guards, allowing them no concession merely because he's bigger.

He's also active on the offensive glass and a pesky defender, even if he doesn't project to achieve lockdown status. His style provides benefits that aren't necessarily predictable in nature, because he doesn't have the kind of halfcourt polish to be a focal point of the offense. His role for the Huskies could be that of fourth or fifth starter, clearly a lofty ambition for him and a function for the squad that Romar always must fill along with every other coach.

Then there's Dorsey's jump shot. That's the X-factor. He appears to possess nice touch but is very streaky, potentially due to the fact that he appears to finish his shot off his ring and pinky finger rather than the index finger. If he can become consistent from the perimeter, his immediate prospects for big minutes will improve exponentially.


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