Donaven Dorsey, the Lacey native and ex-Timberline High School star, will transfer from the Washington Huskies men’s basketball program.
UW granted Dorsey a full release. He has two years of eligibility remaining.
A 6-foot-5 guard, Dorsey struggled to earn consistent playing time during his freshman and sophomore seasons at Washington. He appeared in 27 games last season but averaged just 9.2 minutes per game with a scoring average of just 2.2. As a freshman, Dorsey appeared in 28 games and made eight starts, averaging 14.7 minutes and 3.8 points per game.
Dorsey’s departure leaves the Huskies with 12 scholarship players heading into the 2016-17 season. UW also has three players committed in its 2017 recruiting class -- point guard Blake Harris, shooting guard Jaylen Nowell and coveted 5-star forward Michael Porter Jr. -- with only two players likely to leave after 2016-17 (senior Malik Dime and almost certain 1-and-done point guard Markelle Fultz), so Dorsey’s decision to transfer would seem to make the numbers work a little easier for 2017-18.