University of Washington

Lacey native, ex-Timberline star Donaven Dorsey to transfer from Huskies basketball team

Donaven Dorsey showed promise early in his freshman season at the University of Washington, establishing himself as one of the team’s more accurate 3-point shooters off the bench.

But Dorsey struggled to earn meaningful minutes in the Huskies’ rotation for much of his two seasons at Washington, and on Wednesday the school announced that the Lacey native and former Timberline High School star has been granted his release to transfer.

Dorsey, a sophomore last season, has two years of eligibility remaining. He did not return a text message seeking comment.

A 6-foot-7 guard, Dorsey played in 55 games for the Huskies in two seasons and made eight starts, though he averaged just 14.7 minutes and 3.8 points per game as a freshman — a turf toe injury slowed him toward the end of the season — and 9.2 minutes and 2.2 points per game as a sophomore. His most memorable play was a late 3-pointer he made in Washington’s 86-84 victory at UCLA on Jan. 28.

He never showed consistent ability to attack the basket or defend, and his playing time suffered as a result. After playing at least 10 minutes in nine of the Huskies’ first 10 games last season, Dorsey played 10 or more minutes in just three Pac-12 games. Dorsey averaged 18.6 points per game as a senior at Timberline High, and he chose Washington over offers from Gonzaga and other schools.

Dorsey becomes the third underclassman to leave UW this offseason, joining NBA draft entrants Marquese Chriss and Dejounte Murray, each of whom was picked in the first round.

The Huskies also added two players to their 2016 recruiting class — 6-foot-6 guard Bitumba Baruti from Mountain Mission School in Grundy, Virginia (and originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo); and 6-foot-4 guard Carlos Johnson out of Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada (and originally from Oakland, California).

Washington is likely to enter the 2016-17 season with 12 scholarship players, assuming former walk-on guard Dan Kingma remains on scholarship for his junior season. Each team is allotted 13.

The Huskies expect a star-studded recruiting class in 2017, with three players committed so far — 6-foot-3 point guard Blake Harris from North Carolina; 6-foot-4 guard Jaylen Nowell from Garfield High School; and 6-foot-8 forward Michael Porter Jr., whose father, Michael Porter Sr., was hired by UW in May as an assistant coach.

Porter Jr. will attend Nathan Hale High School in Seattle and play under first-year coach Brandon Roy, a former UW (2002-06) and NBA (2006-13) player.

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