COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Known as a shooting guard at St. John Bosco High School, UA commit Tyler Dorsey sees himself as a point guard in the NBA someday.
As a 6-foot-4-inch guard who can score, Dorsey says that’s the path that makes sense.
“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 problem is, it doesn’t appear likely that Dorsey will play point guard much at Arizona. The Wildcats already have Parker Jackson-Cartwright coming in as a potential point guard for several years into the future, as well as junior college transfer Kadeem Allen, a combo guard, for the next two seasons.
Then there’s the fact that fellow 2015 UA commit Justin Simon is also a well-regarded combo guard — and that the Wildcats are still recruiting 2015 guards such as Isaiah Briscoe and Allonzo Trier.
Reading between those lines may have led to the speculation that Dorsey might decommit from the Wildcats, but he refuted that by posting on Twitter that he’s still a solid commit.
He also said during the USA Basketball’s U18 trials this week that he’s OK with the idea of continuing to play shooting guard in college.
“I’m not worried about that,” Dorsey said. “Stephen Curry played the 2 (guard), and Russell Westbrook played off the ball (in college).”
In any case, the U18 experience has allowed both Dorsey and Miller to learn more about each other. Dorsey and Simon did not make the list of 15 finalists for the 12-man team – though Trier and Briscoe did – but he had a chance to see UA coach Sean Miller on the floor instead of just talking to him as a recruiter or watching UA practice.
“He talked to me a little bit when he saw how I was doing out there,” Dorsey said. “It’s pretty interesting.”
Rocky Mountain high
As if two-a-day practices and the pressure of roster cuts after three days weren’t enough to deal with this week, there’s also the fact that Colorado Springs is over 6,000 feet above sea level.
“I’ve been a little winded from the elevation, but I’ve gotta keep pushing through it,” said Las Vegas big man Chase Jeter, a UA target.
The antidote, of course, is adrenaline, a chance to make a national team. Jeter took the next step Wednesday when he was among the 15 finalists named for the team that will compete in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship next week.
“It’s been a great experience and I took a lot from it,” Jeter said. “It’s definitely a good chance to prove yourself as a player and as a person. They monitor a lot of your actions on and off the court and I think I did a good job of being a leader.”
For coaches, players and recruiting analysts alike, the U18 camp is a different experience than all-star games, camps and travel-ball showcases.
“This is the biggest possible thing you can go to in terms of the competitive level,” said Stephen Zimmerman, a center from Las Vegas who is also a UA recruiting target. “It’s completely different than an all-star team.
“It’s way more businesslike than that, and being able to play against the other bigs is great.”
It’s also a bonus for 247’s Jerry Meyer, the only national recruiting analyst on hand this week. Meyer was able to see 15 of the best players in the class of 2015 — another nine were 2014 players already headed to college –playing in a team environment against each other.
“I feel I’m getting a more well-rounded picture,” Meyer said. “These guys play a certain way here and a certain way at an all-star game.”
Aside from incoming UA freshman Stanley Johnson, and UA targets Zimmerman, Jeter, Briscoe and Trier, the finalists named Wednesday were Duke-bound Tyus Jones and Justise Winslow, UNLV signee Dwayne Morgan, Texas signee Myles Turner and UCLA signee Thomas Welsh of the 2014 high school class.
The 2015 players included were guard Anthony Blakeney of Orlando; guard Jalen Brunson of Lincolnshire, Illinois; guard Luke Kennard of Franklin, Ohio; forward Tyler Lydon of Elizaville, New York; and forward Jaylen Brown of Alpharetta, Georgia.