College basketball radar tracking Blazers’ Dorsey

mwochnick@theolympian.comAugust 14, 2012 

The recruiting frenzy has begun for Timberline High School’s Donaven Dorsey.

Dorsey, an incoming junior at Timberline High School, just wrapped up a successful AAU basketball season with Portland-based Team ICP (Inner City Players) as a starting wing.

Showcasing his talents at elite tournaments all over the nation – in front of representatives from some of the top college programs, such as Kentucky, North Carolina and UCLA – didn’t faze Dorsey.

“They’re a pretty good AAU team,” Dorsey said of Team ICP. “I got to get my name out there and play against some of the best kids in the nation. I did what I could, and tried to keep up with them.”

Dorsey, the only Washington player on the AAU team’s roster, did more than keep up. As one of the team’s leading scorers, his play caught the attention of several NCAA Division I programs.

Just last week, Portland State extended a scholarship offer to Dorsey, and first-year Timberline boys basketball coach Allen Thomas said multiple Division I schools – including Pacific-12 Conference programs – have expressed interest.

“It’s going to be pretty crazy the next few months because of how good he did over the summer,” Thomas said. “Next summer, it’s going to really blow up as far as nationally.”

Despite all the attention, Dorsey appears to remain level-headed as he starts to soak in the recruiting experience. He took an unofficial visit to the University of Washington over the weekend, and UW coaches were seen at the North Thurston Holiday Tournament last December.

“It’s really exciting,” Dorsey said. “I don’t know what to think of it. It’s all just happening.”

Dorsey noted he’s in no rush to make a decision on a school.

“Right now, I’m not committing anytime soon,” he said. “I’m keeping my options open.”

In his sophomore season at Timberline, Dorsey earned first-team all-3A Narrows League honors while averaging a team-best 16 points a game for a Blazers team with a 7-13 record that missed the playoffs.

Thomas said Dorsey attends weight room sessions every day, and has added 15 to 20 pounds to his 6-foot-6 frame since the end of his sophomore season. He’s up to 190 pounds and hopes to add another 10-15 pounds before the basketball season rolls around.

Although he has played only basketball his first two years at Timberline, Dorsey is considering turning out for track and field next spring.

“I’ll see if I have time,” he said.

NEW PLAY-BY-PLAY TEAM: KMAS 1030-AM radio in Shelton announced its new high school football play-by-play team of Brandon Sparks and John McGlamery.

Sparks is replacing John Willis, who, after 20 years as the station’s voice of Highclimbers football, is retiring.

Also, football broadcasts will be back on the radio after two seasons of webcasts.

FOOTBALL BEGINS WEDNESDAY: The first day of high school football practice begins Wednesday across the state.

One new face in South Sound is Chris Barnes, who takes over at Rochester.

Barnes, who was the team’s offensive coordinator last season under Tom Griggs, previously was the running backs coach at Black Hills. 360-754-5473

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