The potentially uneasy fit between the Arizona Wildcats and Tyler Dorsey won’t be a factor, after all.
A five-star guard from the class of 2015, Dorsey announced Saturday he has decommitted from the Wildcats, just eight days after UA offered a scholarship to a similarly skilled guard in Seattle’s Allonzo Trier.
Dorsey had been aiming to play point guard in college — but wasn’t likely to do that at Arizona — while Trier appears comfortable as a pure scorer.
Dorsey issued an email statement to selected media explaining the decision (the email was not sent to the Star, but Dorsey’s father, Jerrid, confirmed the decision via text message).
“As much as I love the Arizona basketball program as well as the awesome Wildcat fans, and highly respect head coach Sean Miller and the entire Arizona staff,” Dorsey said in his statement, according to CBSSports.com, “I realize that, in hindsight, I rushed my college choice and did not provide myself with the greatest opportunity to explore and thoroughly investigate all my possible college options.”
Known as a shooting guard at St. John Bosco High School in Southern California, Dorsey told the Star last week, while trying out for the USA Basketball U18 team, that he didn’t mind playing shooting guard in college. But he also indicated that he believed his long-term future was as a point guard.
“I see my future as a ‘one’ because in the NBA, most of the ones can score,” Dorsey said. “You’ve gotta have the ability to score or you’re not as efficient on the court.”
The Wildcats are banking on incoming freshman Parker Jackson-Cartwright to be the team’s point guard after senior T.J. McConnell leaves following the 2014-15 season. Incoming junior college transfer Kadeem Allen and 2015 UA commit Justin Simon both have point guard experience that could help in 2015-16.
Dorsey’s decommitment leaves Simon as the only member so far of UA’s 2015 recruiting class, but UA coach Sean Miller says he might sign four high school players in the fall. He offered a scholarship to Trier last week, and has also continued a long recruitment of guard Isaiah Briscoe of New Jersey.
Both Briscoe and Trier made the USA’s cut to 15 players for the U18 team on Thursday, while Dorsey and Simon did not. Miller is an assistant coach for that team, but roster decisions are made jointly by coaches and a committee.
USA Basketball is expected to soon reduce its roster to the final 12 players who will compete in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship, which start Friday at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.