Basketball: Timberline's Donaven Dorsey commits to the University of Washington

July 8, 2013 

By Meg Wochnick
Staff writer

From Day 1 of Donaven Dorsey’s recruiting chronicle that dates back to his early high school years at Timberline, the Washington Huskies sought after the Blazers’ highlight-real guard. Coach Lorenzo Romar also was visible at many of Timberline's games last winter, eyeing on arguably one of the state's must-have recruits for the Class of 2014.

Both were big factors for the-now 6-foot-7 senior-to-be's commitment to the hometown Huskies.

Late Monday afternoon, Dorsey, a combo guard who has grown into a small forward stature, gave a verbal commitment to play for UW, choosing the program over Washington State, Gonzaga, Oregon State and Portland State.

“It’s a big relief,” said Dorsey, who now stands at 6-foot-7. “I’m very excited to become a Dawg.”

Dorsey is Thurston County’s next big star in boys basketball and should he honor his commitment and sign a letter of intent as early as Nov. 13, the early signing period, he will become the first to sign with a major Division I men's basketball program since 2000 when Capital High 7-footer Michael Fey and Olympia’s Kelly Golob each signed with UCLA and Northern Arizona, respectively. Dorsey also will be Timberline's first Division I men's basketball player since former Seattle SuperSonic John Greig played for the Oregon Ducks out of Wenatchee Valley College in the early 1980s.

Dorsey said he also built a “good relationship” with Romar, his future head coach, who, along with other college coaches and scouts, was seen often at Timberline home and road games.

“I can go to him for anything, not even regarding basketball,” he said. “Coach Romar played in the NBA, the highest level, and he knows what he’s talking about.”

Scout.com ranks Dorsey as a 3-star small-forward. He had a breakout junior campaign for the Blazers last winter, averaging 21 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two steals a game, leading the Blazers to its first Class 3A state tournament berth since 2004. Although Timberline failed to bring home a trophy, Dorsey scored 51 points in two games to earn second-team all-tournament honors. Dorsey's had a busy summer, playing for a new AAU team -- Tacoma-based Team Access -- which is run by former Timberline coach Chris Spivey.

Dorsey’s family also had a big influence on his decision, he said, speaking with his parents on a daily basis and breaking down the pros and cons of each program.

The Huskies won.

“That’s where my parents would like me to go and that’s where I want to go,” Dorsey said.

Meg Wochnick: 360-754-5473 mwochnick@theolympian.com theolympian.com/southsoundsports @MegWochnick