2016 HOOPS INTRO: Lafayette Dorsey
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- With 2016 Santa Monica (Calif.) star Jonah Mathews unable to make it to one of the California Supreme 16U team’s games last weekend, it was time for Gardena (Calif.) Serra guard Lafayette Dorsey to step up, and he did so in a big way, raining threes, playing pesky on-ball defense and showing the ability to finish with both hands and capitalize at the free-throw line.
"We found a way to still try and get the W," Dorsey said. "I was just shooting it, letting it go. You've got to have confidence when coaches let you go."
By Dorsey's own admission, his three-point shooting last year "wasn't too hot," but he hit about five three-pointers in the 11:10 AM game on Friday for the Supreme, drawing the interest of several college coaches.
"I wanted to work on it," Dorsey said. "It's just about working hard."
Dorsey said he talked with Hawaii, Cornell, Santa Clara and New Mexico, though he doesn't yet have a scholarship offer. He feels that Cornell and New Mexico could be the first to offer. Dorsey boasts a 3.6 GPA.
“I’m just trying to get that first one,” Dorsey said. “I want to go to a school where you can get up and down, and one where I can get a good education. If basketball doesn’t work out, you still have to have something to fall back on.”
Dorsey figures to have “more freedom” this coming season, after Ron Freeman and Tavrion Dawson graduated.
Dorsey said he has improved his handles quite a bit this spring and summer, and has worked on quickening his shot.
“They helped us get far, but now it’s my turn to shine,” Dorsey said of Serra’s two graduated seniors. “I don’t feel any pressure. I’m just going to do what I’ve got to do to get the W for my team, this year.”
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