Dorsey elevating game as senior

Tyler Dorsey has had a successful senior season and while he was already being prioritized by his five finalists heading into the school year, others are still trying to make a run at the 2015 prospect.

One of the top performers on the West Coast this season has no doubt been 6-foot-4, 185-pound Pasadena (Calif.) Maranatha 2015 shooting guard Tyler Dorsey.

Always considered one of the nation's top scorers, Dorsey has certainly taken that reputation and elevated as a senior, with seven 40-point games so far this year.

"With Trevor Stanback not being healthy, it's forced Tyler to be a little more proactive scoring wise," said Dorsey's AAU coach with Belmont Shore, Dinos Trigonis.

"He's really improved his three-point shooting over the season. He's had a lot more opportunities to score and while he's scoring, he's not really forcing it like you would think with the numbers he's putting up. He's doing most of the ball handling and making pretty good decisions."

Previously down to California, Arizona State, Oregon, Colorado and Kansas, there are two other schools trying to get back in the mix.

"UConn is trying and I think (Kevin) Ollie has come to see him practice twice in a month and the way they play fits him too," Trigonis said. "They've been talking to UConn and they're listening to UConn's pitch, but I'm not sure that UConn is on par with the other five right now.

"USC is also trying to get involved. They've been trying to get them to come down to campus to meet face to face. I think the family is open to that but what it materializes to, I'm not quite sure at this point."

Trigonis broke down what Dorsey likes about his five original finalists.

California: "The coaching staff has done a good job of establishing a relationship with him. It's close to home, the school has a good reputation academically and Cuonzo Martin is a very good defensive coach who has also shown the ability to push the ball more than maybe than some people thought he would."

Arizona State: "He has a pretty good relationship with coach (Herb) Sendek and likes their facilities. He likes the campus and the weather. He likes how they developed James Harden. He has a lot of respect for Sendek as a coach."

Oregon: "They really like the facilities up there. He's developed a really good relationship with coach (Dana) Altman and (Tony) Stubblefield. The coaches have been on him very hard. They like how Joseph Young has been used, and coming into replace him has been one of their recruiting pitches. They're competitive year in and year out."

Colorado: "They like the coaching staff there, they liked the visit, they like the way they play and they like how Tad Boyle uses guards; he gives them the freedom to be creative. They've been a very consistent contender for the NCAA tournament while also getting guys drafted by the NBA. They've also been very competitive in the Pac-12."

Kansas: "The tradition speaks for itself. You have the facilities and the fan support. The potential of winning the Big 12 and national titles on a regular basis is impressive. Kurtis Townsend has done a very good job of recruiting him. They went there for Late Night and really liked the atmosphere."

The Dorsey family is doing its diligence in continuing to learn all about all the programs still under consideration and how he fits into them.

"He can see himself at all of the final schools he's down to," said Trigonis. "It's just a matter of continuing to analyze how the schools on his list are using players like him.

"How does Colorado use Askia Booker? How does Oregon use Joseph Young? There are other issues too, like is Tyrone Wallace playing well enough to leave Cal? If he comes back, how do they play together? (Ivan) Rabb going there becomes more attractive as well. Those are all variables going on as well."

Even though nothing is set, Dorsey shouldn't have to take too much more time before making a decision.

"I think he's closer than most people think," Trigonis said. "He's spent a lot of time with his family watching games. I don't see him going much longer than the end of March.

"One thing that could change the timing is the Tyrone Wallace situation. We probably won't know what his draft stock is for a while."

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