Men's basketball: Four-star point guard commits to Gophers
By Marcus R. Fuller
St. Paul Pioneer Press
Four-star point guard Kevin Dorsey gave Gophers coach Richard Pitino his first commitment in the 2015 class Saturday morning.
Dorsey, who ranks No. 84 nationally by Rivals.com, announced his decision on Twitter: “I Am Blessed To Announce That I Have Committed To The University Of Minnesota #GoldenGophers #BIG10 Thank You To All That Supported!”
The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Dorsey, who played for Paul VI High School in Fairfax, Va., picked Minnesota over Maryland and Nebraska. He averaged 12 points, six assists and four rebounds as a junior last season.
“Dorsey’s a guy I’ve always really liked,” Rivals.com national recruiting analyst Eric Bossi said Saturday. “Earlier on in his career, you noticed he was very quick, a playmaker off the dribble and a really intense defender. But here in the last six months to a year, he’s really improved as a jump shooter. Maybe not as much as a deep shooter, but he pulls up from between 12-15 feet. He’s also a really vocal leader. He’s a really good pickup for Minnesota.”
Team Takeover AAU coach Keith Stevens, who has Dorsey as his starting floor leader this summer, called him one of the best on-ball defenders in the country.
Dorsey, who visited Minnesota’s campus in late June, was a standout player in front of Pitino at the Victor Oladipo/Ty Lawson All-American Camp in Washington D.C.
“I think he’s a Big Ten-type player,” Stevens said. “He’s a grinder. He’s a hard worker. He’s a physical guard, even at his smaller stature. I think just him going there, it fits him. Pitino coaches with an edge and he plays with an edge.”
Pitino still has DeLaSalle High School point guard Jarvis Johnson as a priority in the class, so it’s possible that he and Dorsey could play together.
Johnson and former Grand Rapids forward Alex Illikainen are the two top players in the 2015 class from Minnesota.
Illikainen is leaving for his senior season to attend Brewster Academy in Massachusetts.
“Obviously, Johnson and (Illikainen) are local kids, and Pitino is still looking to make a big splash with the more well-known local kids,” Bossi said. “I don’t know who else is recruiting them as hard as (the Gophers) are.”
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