Oregon sophomore guard Tyler Dorsey declared for the 2017 NBA Draft on Monday afternoon. In a heartfelt tweet, the Los Angeles product will chase his dreams of playing basketball at the professional level. He can now meet with an agent, as well.
“Mr. March” impressed the nation with his legendary performance in the 2017 NCAA Tournament. The guard became a household name after scoring 20 points or more in eight straight games to conclude Oregon’s unprecedented 33-6 season.
Let’s not forget, Dorsey is the only player in Duck history to record 20 points or more in their first five tournament games in a single season. The sophomore was averaging a robust 24.5 points per game in the tournament entering the Final Four.
His heroics against No. 11 Rhode Island, No. 7 Michigan and No. 1 Kansas propelled Oregon to their second-greatest finish in school history.
The LA kid scorched the nets for a game-high 27 points on 90 percent shooting (9-for-10) against the Rams in the second round. He continued his torrid stretch with 20 points against the Wolverines. Then, he helped shock the world with his game-high 27 points (9-for-13) against the top seeded Jayhawks in Kansas City.
For the year, Dorsey amassed 14.6 PPG, 3.5 RPG and 1.7 APG while averaging 30.0 minutes a night. He shot 46 percent (189-for-405) from the floor and 42 percent (88-of-208) from downtown. Dorsey registered 75 percent from the charity stripe.
During his two-year career at Oregon, Dorsey scored 1,055 points for the Ducks. He eclipsed 155 buckets (41 percent) from 3-point territory over that span.
He helped guide Oregon to a sterling 64-13 record (.831) over the last two years, including the first back-to-back Pac-12 regular season crowns in program history. Dorsey never lost a game from Matthew Knight Arena (35-0) during his UO career.
The 6-foot-4 shooter will test his talent at the next level. Dorsey already has experience with the Greek International team, including his friend and NBA superstar from the Milwaukee Bucks, Giannis Antetokounmpo. If he can play alongside the “Greek Freak,” he can play with anybody on the planet.
However, I believe Dorsey is least suited for the next level from the eligible Ducks. Look for my 2017 NBA Draft Stock report on every eligible Oregon player in the coming weeks.
With his departure from Eugene, the door is now open for the No. 6 high school prospect in the nation, Brandon McCoy. The future NBA product was patiently waiting for a scholarship to open on Oregon’s roster. Now that Dorsey has declared, one scholarship has opened up with McCoy’s name on it.
Dorsey’s move could signify the No. 1 recruiting class for the 2017 season. Oregon already possesses the No. 8 recruiting class without McCoy. He would overtake 5-star commit Troy Brown Jr. as the highest-rated prospect signed in Duck history.
We shall find out more in the coming hours/days. Dillon Brooks and Jordan Bell have yet to make a decision. However, they could be waiting for the 2017 NBA Combine in Chicago from May 9-14 to make their choice. They will have up to 10 days AFTER the combine to make their declaration. Stick around ATQ for all the latest.