It’s been quite a week in Los Angeles so far for Arizona Wildcats coach Sean Miller.
A night after his top-ranked team defeated UCLA 79-75 at Pauley Pavilion, he secured the commitment of five-star junior guard Tyler Dorsey from St. John Bosco of Bellflower, Calif.
Miller attended Dorsey’s game against JSerra Catholic High School on Friday night, according to the Los Angeles Times. Dorsey tweeted the news of his commitment at midnight Tucson time.
This news is just more of the same for Arizona and Miller, who has been an unstoppable recruiting force, especially in California.
Dorsey, a 6-4, 175-pound combo guard, is rated the fourth-best player in the 2015 class by 247Sports, the No. 5 player by Rivals.com and the seventh-best prospect by Scout.com and ESPN.com. Dorsey has said in interviews that Arizona has been recruiting him since the eighth grade.
Duke, UCLA, UConn, Louisville, Florida, Kentucky and Kansas were among Dorsey’s many suitors.
Scout.com recently wrote of Dorsey:
Dorsey’s game includes one of the best pull-up jump shots in high school basketball. His offensive style reminds somewhat of Jerryd Bayless, and the two also are comparably tall and built. Dorsey uses his dribble to set up jumpers, elevates nicely and has a quick release.
Dorsey is Arizona’s first commitment for its 2015 class.
The Wildcats signed four players in their 2014 class, including junior college guard Kadeem Allen, who scored 41 points in a game last week and is averaging 28.4 points per game for Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College.
Arizona’s three high school signees are wing Stanley Johnson (rated No. 6 nationally in the composite recruiting rankings assembled by 247Sports), power forward Craig Victor (No. 29) and point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright (No. 56).
According to Rivals’ rankings, Miller has signed the top player in California in each of past four seasons (Josiah Turner, Grant Jerrett, Aaron Gordon and Johnson). Dorsey and 6-9 forward Ivan Rabb are likely to battle for Class of 2015 best-in-California honors … and Miller and his coaching staff are chasing Rabb, too.
Soon after Dorsey’s announcement, the official Twitter page of Arizona Basketball sent a tweet with the hashtag “ArizonaBasketballNeverStops,” which is code for “We just got a commitment” without violating any NCAA rules by mentioning a specific name.
That hashtag pretty much sums it up.
Ranked No. 1 in the country, looking to go a school-best 17-0 on Sunday at USC, building elite recruiting class upon elite recruiting class, with improvements to McKale Center already under way … yeah, safe to say Arizona basketball isn’t slowing down any time soon.
Just committed to the University of Arizona #BearDown
— Tyler Dorsey (@TDORSEY_1) January 11, 2014