Kevin Dorsey commits to play basketball at Minnesota

Kevin Dorsey (5) committed to play basketball at Minnesota over the weekend. He earned third-team All-Met honors at Paul VI last season (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Just before he was to compete at last week’s Ty Lawson-Victor Oladipo All-American Camp in Maryland, Kevin Dorsey narrowed his list of suitors to three schools: Maryland, Minnesota and Nebraska.

Burned into Dorsey’s mind following the three-day camp was the sight of Minnesota Coach Richard Pitino sitting in the front row at every one of his games, making known his desire to land the talented rising senior point guard. On Saturday morning, Dorsey reciprocated the love by committing to Minnesota’s basketball team.

“The fact that he was at every one of my games, front and center, showed me how much he wanted me and that meant a lot,” Dorsey said. “The coaching staff told me before they needed me and wanted me to come right in and play, so hopefully that’s what I can do.”

Dorsey averaged 12.4 points for Paul VI last season, earning third-team All-Met honors as he led the Panthers to the WCAC, VISAA Division I and Alhambra Catholic Invitational titles. The speedy floor general who can find the open man and enjoys pushing the tempo earned MVP honors at Alhambra.

With his jump shot continuing to improve, as witnessed by the 15.4 points he averaged at last week’s camp, and the tenacity he displays on the defensive end, Dorsey should be a solid fit for the Golden Gophers, who won the NIT last season behind a fast-paced attack.

“It was a real tough process, but it’s nice to have my decision done and get that weight off my shoulders,” Dorsey said. “Minnesota’s style of play is how I like to play. I know it’s cold up there, but if you give me a nice coat to stay warm, I’ll be fine.”

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Brandon Parker is a sports reporter for The Washington Post.



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