Future Watch: Tyler Dorsey Rookie Basketball Cards, Hawks – With Atlanta sitting at the bottom of the Eastern Conference this season, the Hawks are looking towards the future. The team may not have a bonafide star, but they have a number of young role players who can make an impact in the future. Among them is rookie shooting guard Tyler Dorsey from the University of Oregon.
The Greek-American Dorsey was born and raised in Pasadena, California. He attended three different high schools as a prep, improving his game each year. In his sophomore season, he averaged 17.0 points per game. He led St. John Bosco High School to a State Championship in his junior season. That year, he averaged 21.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game.
He transferred to Pasadena’s Maranatha High School his senior season and continued to improve. That year, he averaged 34.0 points, 10.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.9 steals per game while leading the school to a State Championship. He would earn the 2015 Gatorade State Player of the Year for California. Initially Dorsey committed to play for the University of Arizona. He went on to change his mind, and headed north to play for the University of Oregon.
Dorsey shined for the Ducks over two seasons. In his first game, he scored 20 points and earned MVP of the game honors in an 80-52 win over Jackson State. Oregon would win the 2016 Pac-12 Conference Tournament with a decisive 88-57 win over Utah. Dorsey’s 23 points in that game led the team, and he finished as the tournament’s top scorer. He would initially declare for the 2016 NBA Draft, but withdrew before the deadline to return to Oregon for his sophomore season.
Dorsey improved his numbers as a sophomore, scoring 14.6 points per game. He would help lead the Ducks to a 2017 Final Four appearance where they were defeated by the North Carolina Tar Heels. Dorsey’s play was crucial in helping Oregon reach the Final Four. He hit many crucial shots late in games to keep his team alive in the tournament. After the season, he would officially declare himself eligible for the 2017 NBA draft.
You couldn’t ask for a better draft stock boost than the one Dorsey gave himself during the 2017 NCAA Tournament. His 26.9 points per game on a 78% true shooting percentage helped drum up plenty of buzz. The 6’5” guard continued to impress during NBA Draft Combine workouts and solidified himself as a surefire pick. He’d have to wait until pick 41 in the second round where Atlanta would ultimately snatch him up.
Like most prospects, Dorsey will have to add some muscle to his frame to hang with NBA talent. He projects to be a capable shot maker with the ability to catch and shoot with ease. In college, he was able to feast on lesser competition with his ability to get to the rim. He’ll have to develop that skill a bit more in the NBA. He began the year seeing very limited minutes for the Hawks. As the team quickly faded out of playoff contention, Dorsey would see his minutes increase. In February, he averaged 22.2 minutes per game. Over his last 17 games, he’s averaging 7.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists.
With the Hawks looking towards the future, Dorsey should see plenty of opportunities to shine down the stretch. He’s the perfect candidate to take a step forward in his sophomore NBA season. Take advantage of his rookie card prices now, there’s a very good chance they increase next year.
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Tyler Dorsey already has some great autographed rookie cards in the market. They can be found in 2017 Panini Contenders Collegiate Draft Picks Basketball. As a draft pick, collectors can be assured to find NBA licensed rookie cards of Dorsey in the complete portfolio of 2017-18 Panini NBA basketball card products during the 2017-18 NBA season.
Future Watch: Tyler Dorsey Rookie Basketball Cards, Hawks – Other Resources
- NBA.com Player Profile – Tyler Dorsey
- Tyler Dorsey – Secondary Market Pricing
- Future Watch: 2017 NBA Draft Recap, Most NBA-Ready Players
- Future Watch: 2017 NBA Summer League Top Rookie Players
Future Watch: Tyler Dorsey Rookie Basketball Cards, Hakws – Image Gallery
Here’s a look at cards featuring Tyler Dorsey in his Atlanta Hawks uniform.
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