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Lacey native Donaven Dorsey will transfer from Huskies basketball team

Arizona guard Justin Simon (3) gets fouled by Washington forward Donaven Dorsey (42) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, in Tucson, Ariz. Arizona defeated Washington 99-67.
Arizona guard Justin Simon (3) gets fouled by Washington forward Donaven Dorsey (42) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, in Tucson, Ariz. Arizona defeated Washington 99-67. AP

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.

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