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July 9, 2013 at 7:05 AM

Donaven Dorsey commits to Washington

Washington has been busy on the recruiting trail lately securing their second 2014 verbal commitment in the past week.

Timberline High standout Donaven Dorsey, a combo guard from Lacey, WA, said he’s going to play for the Huskies next season.

On his twitter account, he wrote: “I am truly blessed to say that I will be attending the University of Washington to play basketball after this year. All glory to God.”

The news was first reported by Jason McCleary at Left Coast Recruiting.

Dorsey told The Olympian Lorenzo Romar was one of the reasons he chose the Huskies. The UW coach attended several of Dorsey’s home and away games last season and the two build a good relationship.

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

Dorsey was listed at 6-5 last season, but he said he’s grown to 6-7. He’s also roughly 185 pounds. He’s known for his dribbling skills and mid-range jumper. His 2013 playoff highlight video (below) shows an explosive athlete who is also able to attack the rim for points in transition.

He averaged 21 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two steals last season while leading Timberline to its first Class 3A state tournament since 2004. He was a second-team Class 3A pick by The Associated Press.

The major recruiting services consider Dorsey a three-star recruit. ranks him fourth in the state behind Shaqquan Aaron (Louusiville), Josh Martin (undecided) and Ahmaad Rorie (California). Rivals ranks him 106th on its top 150 list.

Dorsey doesn’t have a high profile nationally, but he received offers from Washington State, Gonzaga, Oregon State and Portland State. Many believe he’s a Northwest hidden gem. He’ll be the first Thurston County recruit to sign with a major Division I school since Michael Fey and Kelly Golob did it with UCLA and Northern Arizona respectively in 2000.Dorsey joins 6-10 Canadian Tristan Etienne as the Huskies’ second recruit for the class of 2014. Washington should have one scholarship available.

The fall early signing period begins Nov. 13.

The UW Alumni Game may have been costly for several former Husky stars dinged $15,000 by the NBA for playing in the unsanctioned event, but it’s proved to be an effective recruiting tool for Washington. Dorsey and Etienne were two of a handful of prospects who attended the game.


Arizona State landed former Penn State guard Jermaine Marshall, who averaged 15.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists and shot 33.9 percent of 174 three-point attempts last season. The 6-4 senior guard is eligible to play during the 2013-14 season and his acquisition makes the Sun Devils a Pac-12 title contender.

— Oregon picked up a commitment from Casey Benson, a 2014 point guard prospect from Tempe, Arizona. He averaged 20.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game as a junior last season.

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