From Day 1 of Donaven Dorsey’s recruiting chronicle that dates to his early years at Timberline High School, the University of Washington sought the Blazers’ highlight-reel guard.
UW coach Lorenzo Romar was visible at many of Timberline’s games last winter, keeping an eye on one of the state’s top recruits for the Class of 2014.
Those were big factors in Dorsey’s decision to commit to the Huskies.
Late Monday afternoon, the 6-foot-7 senior-to-be — a combo guard who has grown into the stature of a small forward — gave an oral commitment to play at UW, choosing the Huskies over Washington State, Gonzaga, Oregon State and Portland State.
“It’s a big relief,” he said. “I’m very excited to become a Dawg.”
Should Dorsey honor his commitment and sign a letter of intent with UW, which could happen as early as Nov. 13, he would become the first player from Thurston County to sign with a NCAA Division I men’s
basketball program since 2000, when Capital 7-footer Michael Fey and Olympia’s Kelly Golob signed with UCLA and Northern Arizona, respectively.
Also, Dorsey will be Timberline’s first Division I men’s basketball player since former Seattle SuperSonics forward John Greig played for the Oregon Ducks after starring at Wenatchee Valley College in the early 1980s.
Dorsey, who is rated as a three-star recruit at small forward by Scout.com, said he has built a “good relationship” with Romar.
“I can go to him for anything, not even regarding basketball,” he said. “Coach Romar played in the NBA, the highest level, and he knows what he’s talking about.”
Dorsey had a breakout junior campaign for the Blazers last winter, averaging 21 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two
steals a game while leading the Blazers to their first Class 3A state tournament berth since 2004. Although Timberline failed to bring home a trophy, Dorsey scored 51 points in two games to earn second-team all-tournament honors.
This summer, he is playing for Team Access, a Tacoma-based AAU team run by former Timberline coach Chris Spivey.
Dorsey’s family had a big influence over his decision. He said he and his parents broke down the pros and cons of each program that was recruiting him.
The Huskies won.
“That’s where my parents would like me to go and that’s where I want to go,” Dorsey said.
UW received an oral commitment from 6-10 forward Tristan Etienne from British Columbia last week, making Dorsey the second member of the Huskies’ 2014 class.
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