It’s been nearly four months since Tyler Dorsey pulled the trigger and became the first commitment of Arizona’s 2015 class. Over that time, Dorsey watched a lot of Wildcats basketball and focused on his own game, without all the distractions of the recruiting process.
“Life’s been good,” Dorsey told PointGuardU at adidas Gauntlet in Dallas, Texas. “I’m just trying to finish this stuff out strong and prepare my game to be ready when I go to Arizona so it’s just go there and perform.”
Dorsey, who plays for Dream Vision during the summer, led St. John Bosco High School (Los Angeles) to a state title last month.
While the season was “very up and down,” Dorsey was pleased to get a championship under his belt.
Now begins the more competitive AAU season where Dorsey will no longer have to worry about impressing college coaches. Being committed to Arizona is a relief for Dorsey but it’s not an excuse to become complacent.
Dorsey said his coaches help him at “not getting a big head and staying humble.”
“It never stops, even at the next level,” said Dorsey. “And if you want to get to the league, that’s grown man business so you’ve got to prepare yourself like a pro.”
There’s no question that Dorsey has the size, athleticism, and tools to get to the NBA. At 6’4, he positions well to be a combo-guard at the college or professional level and it helps that he has a high understanding of the game.
This summer, Dorsey’s biggest focus will be on improving his ball-handling so he can transition better to an on-the-ball guard in college, if that’s how the staff wants to use him.
“[The staff] wants me to be a lead guard, combo guard, off the ball or play on the ball,” said Dorsey. “They want to facilitate me like Nick Johnson but more playing the one as well.”
Dorsey has a good understanding of Sean Miller’s system, having watched “pretty much every game” Arizona played this past season.
“They looked good, they had a good run, and I know when Brandon Ashley went down, that hurt them,” said Dorsey. “If they had him, they would have been in the championship game for sure.”
Concurring with the sentiment of most Wildcat fans, Dorsey thinks Arizona will be even better this upcoming season, giving the return of Ashley and the addition of greater depth on the roster.
The year after, it will be Dorsey’s turn to take charge as a freshman and he knows that the expectations in Tucson will be high right away. Dorsey plans to use the AAU season to bulk up and prepare himself for the task of leading Arizona’s back-court.
“I’m setting goals to just improve my game,” Dorsey said. “Everything, being a leader on the court, getting my shot very consistent and getting more athletic, putting some muscle on me. That’s the bottom line.”