Mar 29, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Arizona Wildcats head coach Sean Miller (left) reacts against the Wisconsin Badgers during overtime in the finals of the west regional of the 2014 NCAA Mens Basketball Championship tournament at Honda Center. The Badgers defeated the Wildcats 64-63. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Tyler Dorsey Decommits From Arizona, UCLA’s Steve Alford Needs To Move On This


CBSSports.com reported that five-star shooting guard Tyler Dorsey has de-committed from Sean Miller and the University of Arizona. The 6’4″, 180 lbs. shooting guard from St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, CA announced today that he would be opening up his recruiting process as he made his decision too early. Dorsey belongs to the class of 2015, which UCLA has only one recruit committed, four-star point guard, Aaron Holiday.

Dorsey was quoted as saying:

As much as I love the Arizona basketball program as well as the awesome Wildcat fans and highly respect Head Coach Sean Miller and the entire Arizona staff, I realize that, in hindsight, I rushed my college choice and did not provide myself with the greatest opportunity to explore and thoroughly investigate all my possible college options.

Dorsey is said to have up to six Pac-12 schools on his list, which includes UCLA. Bruin Head Coach Steve Alford needs to move on this recruitment quickly for several reasons:

-The Bruins are thin in the backcourt. After next season, Norman Powell will graduate and a scholarship opens up.

-As stated before, the Bruins have only one commitment for 2015.

-Redshirt Freshman Isaac Hamilton is also from St. John Bosco, which could help in recruitment and strengthen a possible pipeline.

-Dorsey will be playing close to home.

It will be over a year until Dorsey will play college ball, but the time in between is crucial. Alford needs to show him what Bruin basketball can do for him and get him to Westwood as soon as possible. Go Bruins.

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  • Oz Waheed

    Lol Alfraud won’t try to get him, he doesnt want competition to take away PT from his son. We SHOULD try to get Dorsey but we won’t even try.

    • Jeff Lebow

      Please stop attacking the Coach’s son. Post on Bruin Nation if you want to diss Bruins. First of all, he’s a good player that had a good freshman year. Secondly why wouldn’t Coach A go after a 2 guard since his son plays the 1 guard position which you also question? Give it a rest, enjoy an exciting upcoming football season. Give Coach A your support if you are a Bruin fan and let’s see how things play out.

      • Oz Waheed

        I’m not really attacking Bryce, He’s doing what any one of us would have done in the same position. I’m hypercritical of his father and Dan Guerrero. And by the way, just because I critique my alma mater doesn’t mean I’m dissing UCLA. I expect more from UCLA than the average university so I am not happy with mediocrity. We should all strive for excellence, not be content with being average. I worry about the rumors that Alford promised LaVine the backup job and then obviously never gave it to him. If that’s true, then Alfraud lacks integrity and would be a lesser-caliber version of Calipari.
        I wonder how UCLA bball could allow itself to enter next season with only 3 scholarship players able to play the 1-3 (Bolden is a 4, NOT a 3.) I antiipated this potential problem back in November, why didn’t our inept AD think about it too? Sorry Jeff, but just because I want to see more from my school doesn’t mean I’m dissing my school.

        • Jeff Lebow

          Oz,
          Hypercritical is appropriate given your lack of patience and support for Coach A. It’s not that we are satisfied with mediocrity, it’s just that the Coach has been with us ONE season. A PAC-12 tourney championship an automatic bid and a couple of NCAA wins is not mediocre. Sure we want more for the program, but hypercriticality hurts the program and discourages recruits. The team doesn’t need fans like you. It took Coach Wooden years before our first championship in 1964. Relax, support the team and school. If performance does not produce improvement over time, then I will join you in your criticism, but not until then. BTW, I attended from 1965 to 1970, so i know great basketball.

          • Oz Waheed

            Yes I am hypercritical Jeff. I know we are both on the same team, we just differ in our approach. The worry I have is that college basketball today is different than it was in the Wooden-era. Players respond better to guys like Calipari than to humble, stoic leaders like Wooden. We paid Steve Alford a VERY high salary (more than Jim Boeheim or Roy Williams who have 3 championships between them) so expectations are very high.
            I worry about the character aspects of Alford. First there was the rape case in Iowa that was handled very poorly. Then, when Alford got the UCLA job he had to re-recruit the UCLA committs and I’ve heard rumors he promised the backup PG job to LaVine only to never give it to him. If true, I don’t want a coach who lies to young men like that.
            Like I said earlier, I anticipated potentially having only 3 scholarship guards/small forwards next year and I’m not sure how our Athletic department could let that happen. Remember we fired Ben Howland largely because he burned recruiting bridges and I worry Alford is doing the same in less time (due to perceived nepotism.)

          • Jeff Lebow

            Oz, I get it. That said, aren’t you really reacting to rumor rather than first hand knowledge? That is what your comments said. If that is true, then it would be wise, as a loyal Bruin, to confirm the rumor before attacking anyone’s character who has a direct influence on the team’s success. Recruits read this stuff and your comments could be used against our school. If you are on the same team, please write like a teammate, or at least a fan.
            On the other hand, if you have definitive first hand knowledge, name the source. Until then, why be a negative force? Besides if there is a character issue, it will raise it’s ugly head again as news not rumor.

    • pennyfan041

      Sorry dude, but I’m in agreement with Jeff. The rumors that Coach Alford promised LaVine the backup spot are, as of now, rumors. Nothing proven. I can give you the source of the rumors. It’s bruinsnation.com. There you have it. If Coach Alford didn’t want anyone taking playing time from his son, he probably wouldn’t have recruited the point guards coming in 2015 and 2016. Aaron Holiday and Lonzo Ball are top-notch point guards.

      • Oz Waheed

        Except Lonzo Ball won’t come in till Bryce is a Senior and Bryce would play over him anyway due to seniority and “familiarity with the system.” Aaron Holiday was a long-time UCLA lean predating Alfraud’s arrival. I really hope I’m wrong and Alford is successful at UCLA but I severely doubt it. Alas, The soccer-moms are too optimistic. Good for you guys.