Early Saturday morning, Tyler Dorsey announced that he is reopening his recruitment and is no longer committed to Arizona. Dorsey issued the following statement:
“It’s been about 5 months since I decided to accept a scholarship offer to the University of Arizona.
“In those 5 months, I have learned a lot about that decision as well as the importance, pressure and scrutiny of making such a major educational and career choice.
“As much as I love the Arizona basketball program as well as the awesome Wildcat fans and highly respect Head Coach Sean Miller and the entire Arizona staff, I realize that, in hindsight, I rushed my college choice and did not provide myself with the greatest opportunity to explore and thoroughly investigate all my possible college options.
“After very careful personal reflection and discussing this issue in depth with my parents, I feel I owe it to myself to open up my recruiting at this time and fully experience the recruiting process in order to allow myself to make the best possible choice for my future. I am pleased that Coach Miller understands and respects my decision to do this and hope that Arizona will continue to be a college option for me.
“I believe that I am entitled to make sure that my ultimate college choice will provide me with the best possible experience and opportunity to maximize my potential as a player, student and person.
“I know there are some in the media, Arizona fan base and public that will criticize this deeply personal decision. But I hope that most will realize and respect my right to do what I feel is best for my basketball and academic career.”
While this may come as a surprise to the casual observer, especially in light of a recent article affirming his commitment, those that have been following Arizona’s recruiting knew this was a possibility. Any time a recruit commits so early in their high school year, things can change. Especially as coaches continue to evaluate players and form relationships. Similarly, players can watch recruiting classes develop and their impressions may change.
Arizona will now look at other options at the guard position including Isaiah Briscoe and Allonzo Trier, both of whom are playing for assistant coach Sean Miller as finalists for the U18 USA National Team.
Point Guard U wishes Tyler Dorsey the best of luck with his recruitment and hopes that he is able to find the program that is the best fit for him.