Oregon Ducks guard Tyler Dorsey is going to be quite the offensive talent if developed properly. Dorsey should work well in the Atlanta Hawks system. Can he learn other skills to become a functional NBA talent?
Tyler Dorsey brings explosive scoring and more to Atlanta Hawks [Jeff Siegel, Peachtree Hoops]: “There’s very little doubt that Dorsey’s shooting will translate to the NBA. He has a natural shooting stroke and can pull up off the dribble or spot-up on the weak side. Some college players have trouble adjusting to the longer three-point line in the big leagues, but Dorsey made seven of his ten attempts from beyond 24 feet at Oregon last season, per Synergy. That’s a ridiculously small sample size, but promising nonetheless.”
But the 21-year-old has another tournament experience that many of his peers do not. He has played some international basketball over the past two summers.
"After my senior year of high school," Dorsey said, "I worked out and got cut from the USA team. Then I looked at other possibilities."
Dorsey's mother, Samia, was born in Israel, but her father was a Greek citizen. She helped Dorsey get his Greek passport and citizenship, and he went on to play for Greece in the 2015 Under-19 FIBA World Championships.
The 6-foot-4 guard was an immediate smash hit on the Greek team. He averaged 15.9 points and 5.0 rebounds for the tournament. In leading Greece to the semifinals, Dorsey got a rematch against the team that had cut him. Even though the U.S. team won that game and the overall tournament one game later, Dorsey scored 21 points in the semifinals and was named to the tournament's All-Star Five.