Tyler
Dorsey
Position: SG
Height/Weight: 6'4" / 195 lbs
School/Club: Oregon
Status: Sophomore
Birthday: February 14, 1996

About Tyler Dorsey

Midway through Oregon’s trip to the Final Four, the media began calling Dorsey “Mr. March,” and for good reason. Counting three games in the Pac-12 tournament and five in the NCAA tournament, Dorsey scored 20 points or more in eight consecutive games. And he hit some big shots, too. His 3-pointer with 38 seconds to play provided a 75-72 win over Rhode Island in the NCAA tournament’s round of 16. He scored the game-winning basket against Michigan in the Sweet 16. And his 3-pointer with less than two minutes left helped seal the deal against Kansas in the Elite Eight. He closed that crazy streak with 21 points in a Final Four loss to North Carolina, making an Oregon record 12 of 12 free throws in the process. His clutch play convinced Dorsey he was ready for the next step. “After this great college experience, I believe this is the time to pursue my dream of an NBA career,” Dorsey said in announcing his decision to declare for the Draft and sign with an agent.

Strengths

  • Excellent 3-point shooter
  • Athletic
  • Efficient in transition
  • Can score on iso plays
  • Effective off the pick and roll
  • Clutch performer

Weaknesses

  • Doesn’t have ideal NBA shooting guard size
  • Has to get bigger and stronger
  • Had been streaky before March 2017 explosion

NBA projection: Thanks to his sustained period of excellent play in 2017 postseason tournaments, a proving ground that has the attention of NBA scouts, Dorsey earned an invitation to the Chicago Draft Combine. He’ll get another chance to prove he’s worthy of a second-round pick.

2016-17 Season
There were no hotter players in the country in March than Dorsey, who scored 20 or more points in his last eight games as he helped lead Oregon to the Final Four. Dorsey caught fire during the Pac-12 tournament and earned all-tournament honors, and carried his play into the NCAA tournament, where he was chosen to the All-Midwest Region team. Dorsey finished 16th in the Pac-12 in scoring and fifth in 3-point percentage and earned honorable mention all-league honors.

Key statistics: 14.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.5 tpg, 25.3 mpg, .467 FG, .423 3PT, .755 FT

Career Highlights: Just the second Duck to reach 1,000 career points as a sophomore. Selected for the Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 and Jerry West Award candidate list. Played for the Greek U19 National Team at the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championships. Led the Hellas to the semifinals and was named to the all-tournament team with averages of 15.9 points and 5.0 rebounds. Scored 23 vs. the U.S. As a high school senior, was selected as a McDonald’s All-American and was the Gatorade State Player of the Year in California.

Cool statistic: Dorsey is just the second player in Oregon history to pass the 1,000-point mark in his sophomore season. The first was teammate Dillon Brooks.

Reminds me of: Ben Gordon

What Insiders Say
Oregon coach Dana Altman

“I think he's focused on other parts of the game and because of that his offense has picked up. There were times during the season I didn't do a good job of getting him involved enough. I didn't run enough things for him to get him going, but he's taken care of that getting the ball off the board, taking it himself and becoming more involved by focusing on the other parts of the game.”

What Outsiders Say
Iona coach Tim Cluess
“We figured the way he was playing, he might not play at that same level after playing the whole [Pac-12] tournament like that. A lot of times guys will do it for a couple games in a row and then come back to earth. He hasn’t touched back down yet [Dorsey scored 24 points against the Gaels].”

 

Chris Dortch is the editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. You can email him here, follow him on Twitter and listen to the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Hour.

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