On Monday, Tyler Dorsey announced he would be playing his college basketball at Oregon beginning next season. Dorsey, a five-star guard from Los Angeles is the 28th best player in the country per 247Sports. It was a bit of a stunner than he chose the Ducks, because 247Sports' CrystalBall, which is usually a good indication of where players will commit, didn't have a single vote going towards Oregon.
Dorsey joins Trevor Manuel and Kendall Small, two other top-100 players, in Oregon's class next season, which I profiled HERE. Over the summer we will be re-ranking the recruiting classes, and, thanks to Dorsey, Oregon will undoubtedly jump. Dorsey originally committed to Arizona last summer, but after they landed Justin Simon, Dorsey decided to re-open his commitment.
What does Dorsey bring to the table for the Ducks? Let's take the look at the videotape. This highlight reel, from just last week, is a perfect microcosm of what Dorsey brings to the table.
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As you can see, Dorsey was on fire in this game. He dropped 49 points on just 23 shots, going 13-23 from the field and 18-20 from the free throw line. He also added eight rebounds, three assists, and three steals. It's that sort of all-around play that led to Dorsey being so highly rated in this class.
This game was, to my knowledge, at least the fourth time he's scored 35 or more points in a game this season. He's had games of 36, two at 40, and now 49. So he's a volume scorer, and he's going to pair incredibly well with Manuel and Small for the Ducks next season.
The conference, next season, is Arizona's to lose. But if anyone is going to give them a run for their money, I'll put my money on either of the schools in Oregon. Dana Altman and Wayne Tinkle are doing great work up there, and Dorsey may have just given the Ducks the advantage in best class in the state for next season.