LOS ANGELES—As versatile a game as any prospect in attendance at the 2013 Adidas Nations camp, 2015 Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco five-star guard Tyler Dorsey played a new role for Team USA after enjoying a very productive experience the year prior.
“Last year I actually came up to this camp and I played on a championship team,” Dorsey told GoBlueWolverine. “It was a great experience. I was young then, but now I’m actually helping run this 2015 team. It’s just a great camp, every year, and I’m in my hometown. I love it here.”
Falling short of back-to-back titles, Dorsey continues to grow as a player. Standing 6-foot-4, 175-pounds, the highly regarded talent spent the better part of his July focused on his individual development, leading up to an explosion of high level performances in Las Vegas (Nev.) to close out the month.
“The July period was excellent for me,” Dorsey said. “I showed the college coaches, the scouts, everything I can do on the court and my jumper has improved. I was just getting in the gym and putting up 1,000 shots a day. I didn’t do a lot of tournaments in July, I was mostly working out at Impact (gym) and at the house just getting my game ready and at Fab 48 I just showed it and had a big tournament.”
Dorsey admits that right now he considers himself a combo guard, splitting time between the off guard and having the ball in his hands, facilitating the offense. At the next level Dorsey knows exactly what position he wants to be at full time.
“I want to run the team,” he said.
“I have one unofficial I know about and that’s Arizona,” Dorsey said of the Wildcats who have offered as well. “I’m going to go check them out for the Red & Blue game.”
Though in a completely different time zone and all the way out in the Midwest, John Beilein and Michigan have been in consistent contact with Dorsey, even hearing from a former Wolverine point guard, now in the NBA.
“It’s been a pretty good vibe,” Dorsey said of the Maize & Blue. “I’ve actually talked to Darius Morris that went to Michigan, he’s an L.A. native, so I got to talk to him all about Michigan. It’s a great program and they actually have a lot of alums out here. That’s a good thing, to know that they have a lot of people from L.A. that went there.”
Morris, along with the 2012-13 National Player of the Year in college basketball, Trey Burke, make the Wolverines two for their last two in sending point guards off to play professionally in the NBA. Dorsey, a five-star talent with similar aspirations, says Michigan jumps out with their player development.
“That’s a big step for me,” Dorsey said. “Having history of getting players to the league is big because that’s the ultimate goal.”
Dorsey plans on narrowing down his list of schools either during or after his junior season, noting the Wolverines have a “good chance” to be included despite it being so early in his recruiting process.
Either way, Dorsey believes every school, on the west coast or east coast, have a fair shot at earning a commitment from him at this stage.
“I’m wide open right now and I could go anywhere in the country,” he said. “I don’t have a thing on staying at home right now.”
Asked about the chances he could get out to visit Michigan in the coming months, Dorsey said, “I don’t know about that. It might be difficult (with his schedule).”