If DeAndre Mathieu graduating meant one thing, it’s that the starting point guard spot was going to be contentious. Richard Pitino did his due diligence in recruiting a handful of guards, but who could have been prepared for the shocking news of Jarvis Johnson being medically unfit to play.
Enter Kevin Dorsey. Dorsey got Pitino’s high-profile 2015 class kicked off the right way, as the 4-star PG recruit from Maryland brought immediate credibility to the class when he committed way back in the summer of 2014. What’s more, he’s expected to contribute right away, and should pair nicely with Nate Mason in the backcourt from the outset.
From: Waldorf, Md.
Position: Point Guard
“DeAndre Mathieu speed. Can go by anyone. Tough, physical defender. Needs to work on defending without fouling. Has shown me in a few workouts he’s a better shooter than I anticipated. He should make an immediate impact.” — Richard Pitino
Dorsey received interest from Maryland and Nebraska, among others, but committed to Gophers really early on, which gave Pitino good momentum. He averaged 22.6 ppg, 6 apg and 5 rpg in his senior season at Clinton Christian (after a strange transfer from Paul IV High School), who also won its league title.
What does he do?
Dorsey is a true point guard, which is extremely refreshing. I mean, really, when is the last time the Gophers had a young, impact point guard? Kevin Payton was the last freshman to start at PG, and that was about 40 years ago. Dorsey’s biggest strength is his speed and ability to get into the lane. He’s a point guard with a scorer’s mentality.
Per ESPN: “[Dorsey is] quick to the point where he’s effortless and almost glides to different spots.” That sounds real nice.
The word on the street is Dorsey has quite a bit of work to do on his jumper, however. He’s not much of a deep threat, and is a risk to airball a jumper at any given moment. As of now, he’s largely a drive-and-dish guy, but is also considered a threat on defense. Pitino even called him a “phenomenal defender.”
What’s his place on the team?
Pitino is all over this guy. In his blog he mentioned that Dorsey should be able to make an immediate impact, and has mentioned him getting major minutes more than once. That’s because he enters a position that the Gophers are actually fairly thin at. He’s got a talent advantage over Dupree McBrayer, and it’s not even confirmed that Nate Mason will take the reins as the starting point guard. Dorsey really has the opportunity to become the go-to scorer on the team from day one, which is pretty exciting.