Top 2015 guard commits to Arizona Wildcats

2014-01-11T11:12:00Z 2014-01-11T13:55:57Z Top 2015 guard commits to Arizona WildcatsBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

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.

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.

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 4 0 0 1.000
Arizona 0 0 0 0.000 5 0 0 1.000
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 3 0 0 1.000
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 4 1 0 0.800
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 3 1 0 0.750
California 0 0 0 0.000 3 1 0 0.750
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 3 1 0 0.750
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 3 2 0 0.600
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 3 2 0 0.600
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 3 2 0 0.600
USC 0 0 0 0.000 3 3 0 0.500
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 1 2 0 0.333

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Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Texas-Pan American at
11/26 48-85
Auburn at
Oregon State
11/26 71-69
San Diego State at
11/26 71-69
Cal Poly at
11/26 71-69
San Jose State at
11/27 9:00 pm
UC-Santa Barbara at
Washington State
11/27 10:00 pm
North Dakota at
11/28 6:00 pm
Alabama State at
11/29 12:00 am
Colgate at
Arizona State
11/29 12:00 am
USC at
New Mexico
11/30 2:00 pm
California at
Fresno State
11/30 4:00 pm
Portland State at
11/30 6:00 pm
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