Kevin Dorsey: Evaluation

Fiery, explosive floor generals always make for compelling viewing, and point guard Kevin Dorsey is both talented and entertaining.


Introduction


It was only a blurb, but Kevin Dorsey first captured our attention in the spring 2012. A sophomore, he already exhibited a scrappy, hard-charging style.

Dorsey continued to gain prominence. At last winter’s National Hoops Festival, the floor general led Fairfax (Va.) Paul VI to a key victory over Montrose Christian. A junior at the time, that’s when he began to make his move toward high-major status.

By spring, he was ready to ship out with Team Takeover, always a highly competitive outfit on the EYBL circuit. He played very well at times, including the stops at Dallas and Hampton, Va. He stepped up his level of play even further during the early summer, dominating on occasion at the Pangos All-American Camp.

Heading into July, Dorsey held offers from Virginia Tech, VCU, Florida Gulf Coast, UMass, SMU, Old Dominion, Creighton, Ole Miss, Minnesota and Nebraska. He made an appearance at the Lawson/Oladipo Camp to open the live period, then committed to Richard Pitino’s Gophers shortly thereafter.

He entered his senior season at the country’s No. 11 point guard and No. 86 overall senior prospect. He’s prepping at Montverde (Fla.) Academy to close his prep career.


Assets


The most striking aspect of Dorsey’s game is that, whether he’s playing well or poorly, he always generates a lot of notes. He’s a buzzsaw of activity who’s always looking to make a play, and even beyond itemizing those that work and those that don’t, he applies constant pressure to the opponent.

A desire to play and compete defines Dorsey’s game

Dorsey is very quick and fast and excels running the break. He finishes frequently himself but also possess legitimate point guard handling and passing ability. Combined with a fearlessness that leads to trips to the foul line, he poses a multi-dimensional threat to opponents in transition.

He finishes with either hand at full speed and likes to use reverses. Dorsey also can place just enough spin on the ball to get it onto the glass and at the rim to avoid a shotblocker. He averaged 12 points per game on 50 percent shooting from the field, impressive for a sub-six foot guard against high caliber EYBL competition.

Defensively, he challenges opponents with his quick hands and feet. Dorsey should become outstanding on that end of the court, at a program that already shows signs of specializing in that area under its young coach.

While he’s presently less effective in the halfcourt, Dorsey can run the offense capably. He might be better in a combo guard role early, while he adjusts to the Big Ten level, but ultimately he should step into place as the team’s primary handler and playmaker.

His intangibles also are easy to love. Dorsey plays with a smile on his face and seems to relish the time he’s out on the court, and his enthusiasm can be infectious for teammates as well. He had to share the court with other talented guards for Takeover, but when he’s in holding the reigns his naturally assertive nature takes over.


Deficits


Dorsey is streaky. While I have multitudes of positive notes taken from courtside, I also spilled a lot of ink on the number of turnovers he committed at times, along with forced shots.

He sometimes plays too fast for a specific game’s climate, and that lack of pace awareness can bog down his squad. It’s that maturity he needs to refine most in order to excel at Minnesota.

He’s also a streaky jump shooter. It’s odd to me because, at Pangos, Dorsey shot the ball very well from deep. With Takeover, however, he shot just 32 percent on threes and attempted just over one per game. He’ll need to become more accurate and more willing.

He can become overly reliant on his pull-up game, though again, 50 percent from the floor definitely earned respect. Being small, one would expect a certain amount of scoring inefficiency, but Dorsey has defied the odds.


Outlook


Dorsey rates highly on the fun scale, which as a fan of the game in addition to being a scout, I very much enjoy. That said, he brings legitimate substance to the table as well. He’s a feisty competitor with a gift for transition play and who could become one of the Big Ten’s top perimeter defenders — sooner than later.

His scoring will be useful, but I suspect he’ll need a couple years before he’s ready to produce strong numbers consistently. In the meantime, however, his high energy playing style appears to be a great fit for an energized program and its talented young coach. Dorsey projects as a potentially outstanding four-year floor general for the Gophers.


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