The Arizona Wildcats complemented their Los Angeles road swing by picking up Southern California's top-rated player in the class of 2015: Shooting guard Tyler Dorsey of St. John Bosco High School.
Just committed to the University of Arizona #BearDown 🐻🔴🔵— Tyler Dorsey (@TDORSEY_1) January 11, 2014
Dorsey's father, Jerrid, said via text message today that his son called UA coach Sean Miller to give his commitment after St. John Bosco played a game Friday (a game that Miller attended.)
The decision to choose Arizona wasn't a surprise to Belmont Shore coach Dinos Trigonis, but the early nature of it was. Trigonis, who has had Dorsey in his travel-ball program since eighth grade, said Miller first saw Dorsey in the spring of 2011, while he was watching Gabe York play for the Compton Magic and Dorsey was playing for Belmont Shore.
Arizona was Dorsey's first offer from a high-major, Trigonis said, which helped establish the Wildcats.
"They did a very good job of recruiting him," Trigonis said. "They established themselves early. (Dorsey) felt comfortable with them."
In Dorsey, Trigonis said the Wildcats will be getting a combo guard who can evolve into an NBA-style scoring lead guard, along the lines of players such as Gilbert Arenas, Russell Westbrook or John Wall.
"He can play on and off the ball," Trigonis said. "He does handle it well and passes better than most people think. Sometimes people, scouts, define a classic point guard as being pass-first but in the NBA now, those guys don't project well. To be a starting point guard in the NBA now, you have to be able to score."
Trigonis said Dorsey's baseline-to-baseline quickness compared to Wall's, and that he scores best while playing on the ball instead of coming off screens.
Meanwhile, Jerrid Dorsey told Scout's Josh Gershon (subscription required for the link) that Miller had been recruiting Dorsey since eighth grade and was impressed by the program's growth since then.
"Ultimately we felt it was the right fit for Tyler," Jerrid Dorsey told Scout. "Sean is one of the best coaches out there and a player's coach."
Dorsey could be the foundation for a fourth straight powerhouse recruiting class at Arizona. Next season, the Wildcats will be bringing in Southern California guards Stanley Johnson and Parker Jackson-Cartwright along with forward Craig Victor of New Orleans and juco guard Kadeem Allen.
In 2015, Arizona is also pursuing top 5 big men Stephen Zimmerman of Las Vegas and Ivan Rabb of Oakland, Calif., among others.