Majzoub Mixtapes

Managing editor Omar Majzoub breaks down three SMU Hoops prospects in his latest Majzoub Mixtapes.

Tyler Dorsey- St. John Bosco HS (CA)

Scoring: Dorsey is an elite shooting guard prospect and one of the best players in the class of 2015. His combination of size, skill, and athleticism make him nearly impossible to stop when he gets it going offensively. He has a terrific pull-up jumper with a nice, high release, but is especially explosive in the open court and in transition. Dorsey uses his speed and frame to attack the basket and finish around the hoop with ease. He still has some maturing to do, but Dorsey has a rare ability to score the basketball and a terrific approach to the game.

Playmaking Ability: Dorsey is an underrated passer, but needs to work on his decision-making and aggressiveness. He is an excellent ball-handler, but has the tendency to over dribble, force shots, and turn the ball over. His energy is terrific, but defenses have forced him into charges and turnovers when he loses body control. Dorsey will get better as the game slows down for him and he continues to mature physically. He has all the tools necessary to be a lethal weapon on offense, but he will need the right coach and right system to really thrive.

Defense: Dorsey is a great athlete and very quick on his feet, but has a lot of work to do on the defensive end. He doesn’t compete for rebounds nearly as much as he should and doesn’t always give his best effort on the defensive end. Dorsey could be a solid on-ball defender if he dedicated himself to it, but he uses so much energy on offense that it can be tough for him to stay active and play passing lanes effectively. With a little more strength and a little more maturity, this already terrific prospect could become elite on both ends.

Side Note: Dorsey is a member of the Belmont Shore in AAU. He committed to Arizona and then decommitted in June 2014. He has narrowed his list down to ten schools: SMU, Kansas, Connecticut, Louisville, California, Georgetown, Arizona State, Oregon, Saint John's, and Utah.

Offers: SMU, Kansas, Connecticut, Louisville, California, Georgetown, Arizona State, Oregon, Saint John's, and Utah and more.

Measureables: 6-4, 180
Ranking: A four-star in the class of 2015 and No. 6 rated shooting guard.

Jimmy Whitt- SG, Columbia-Hickman HS (MO)

Scoring: Whitt is a complete combination guard who can do it all on the basketball court. He is a crafty scorer and terrific passer that can play on and off the ball depending on the matchup. He can shoot the ball from the outside, knock down mid-range jumpers, and finish above the rim. Whitt also does a nice job coming off ball screens and is very effective finding soft spots in the defense. He is by far one of the most talented players in his class, but it’s his intelligence and feel for the game that separate him from other great players his age.

Playmaking Ability: Whitt is a terrific playmaker that enjoys getting his teammates involved and has a great feel for the game. He’s an excellent ball handler and has shown the ability to play point guard when necessary. Whitt needs to get a little bit stronger, which should help his consistency and make him an even more complete player. Also, Whitt is a very underrated passer and has a terrific basketball IQ. Under a coach like Larry Brown, Whitt could thrive in college and end up being one of the best players from 2015.

Defense: Whitt’s athleticism and versatility make him a very effective defender. He can guard multiple positions and has a terrific feel for defending on-ball. Whitt played on the wing some in high school and was asked to guard players much bigger than him at times. He was a decent rebounder for his size, but could improve some in that area. If he can add more weight to his frame while keeping his speed and instincts, Whitt could be a shutdown defender at the college level.

Side Note: Whitt is a member of the KC Run GMC in AAU. He has narrowed his list down to five schools and has set up visits with SMU (Sept. 19-21), Marquette (Sept. 5-7), Illinois (Sept. 13-15), Arkansas (Oct. 10-12) and Missouri (Oct. 25-27).

Offers: SMU, Marquette, Illinois, Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Kansas and California, and more.

Measureables: 6-4, 180
Ranking: A four-star in the class of 2015 and No. 13 rated shooting guard.

Kerwin Roach- SG- North Shore HS (TX)

Scoring: Roach is another combination guard with great athleticism in the class of 2015. He is very active and excels in transition because of his ability to see the floor and attack the basket. He has a very quick first step and can finish in traffic amongst much bigger players. Roach needs to improve the consistency on his jumper, but almost never takes bad shots and understands the game very well. Roach isn’t a guy you can count on to carry an offense, but he is a terrific floor general and could lead a team from the point guard position.

Playmaking Ability: Roach is a terrific playmaker that does a great job of getting his teammates involved. He is smart, active, and aggressive with the ball in his hands and understands the game better than most players his age. Roach needs to improve his ball handling skills some and get stronger if he wants to be a starting point guard in college, however, his ability to find open teammates and make terrific passes would be an asset to any program. Roach may not be a very high rated prospect in 2015, but he is the type of player coaches’ love.

Defense: Roach is at his best on the defensive end. He does a great job guarding on-ball, but can also be very effective playing away from it. Roach uses his speed and quickness to effect passing lanes and always plays with excellent energy. He annoys opponents with his pressure and never lets players get by him. Roach is so smart, active, and alert that he creates turnovers all by himself. There are things Roach needs to work on offensively, but his defense is already at an elite level.

Side Note: Roach is a member of the Houston Rockstarz in AAU. He averaged 16 points and five rebounds per game last season at North Shore. Roach says he wants to study engineering in college. SMU coaches watched him at the Las Vegas Fab 48 this summer. He is planning on releasing a top-10 list soon and says SMU will be on it.

Offers: SMU, Texas, Kansas State, TCU, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Temple, Wichita State, Marquette, Florida State, and more

Measureables: 6-3, 170
Ranking: A three-star in the class of 2015.

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