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Perhaps no Paul VI player’s growth was as vital as Kevin Dorsey’s evolution this past offseason. As point guard of one of the deepest and most talented basketball teams in the area, Dorsey is charged with keeping his teammates involved and finding them in the right spots.
On one hand, Dorsey is the envy of many point guards, with Division I recruits Marcus Derrickson and Quadree Smith in the post, athletic swingmen Joshua Reaves and Evan Taylor filling the lanes and rising stars Curtis Jones and Tyler Scanlon in their spots. But with so many teammates to keep involved and on the same page, Dorsey’s task is a tall one.
So for every drill he went through and shot he put up in the gym to improve his skills over the summer, just as important were his conversations with Panthers Coach Glenn Farello, Team Takeover Coach Keith Stevens and former Virginia star Cory Alexander, where he gathered insight on how to be an effective leader.
“They all know the game, and I just took in everything about being more vocal and knowing the different ways to lead,” Dorsey said. “We lost some tough games last year and we want to grow from that, so as the point guard, I’m trying to lead and do everything I can to put us in a position to win and be successful.”
Dorsey’s growth was evident during a big summer that yielded offers from Virginia Tech, VCU, Florida Gulf Coast, UMass., Old Dominion and Creighton, among others, and saw him demonstrate an elevated confidence in his ability to serve as conductor for the top-ranked Panthers.
What’s more, Dorsey has improved his outside shot, providing him another weapon to go with his deft ball handling skills and speed that allows him to beat opponents off the dribble.
When the 5-foot-10 junior knocked down not one, but two game-winning jump shots on consecutive nights in Paul VI’s run to the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions title last season, Dorsey served as the unexpected hero during a season when he admittedly surprised himself and his coaches with his solid play after seeing limited minutes as a freshman during Paul VI’s 2011-12 WCAC title run.
Knowing that he very well could be called upon again to hit the big shot, Dorsey said he put up at least 1,000 shots in most weeks during the offseason, working on his mechanics and rhythm off the dribble.
“I think my coaches and teammates always believed in me but with us being so young last year and coming off the WCAC title, I think people thought we couldn’t handle it all,” Dorsey said. “But we’ve been together for a while now and we know no matter what, we can do big things out on the court.”
That much is clear through Paul VI’s first two games. In blowout wins against Takoma Academy and Good Counsel, the Panthers averaged 96 points per game, with Dorsey contributing 13 points in each contest and opening the door for 13 different players to score.
Next week brings two major tests for the Panthers, as they travel to No. 2 St. John’s on Thursday for a big WCAC matchup before matching up with No. 4 Montrose Christian two days later in the Nike Hoops Festival.
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Positions at which Northwest senior Joshua Gills has started for the Jaguars this season, playing a big role in their run to Friday’s Maryland 4A state title game.
-Basketball season officially got underway this week and of course, we’ve got you covered with preview material at AllMetSports.com.
-Speaking of D.C. football, defending champ Friendship Collegiate and H.D. Woodson will meet Friday in the DCSAA Class AA title game.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR THIS WEEKEND
Maryland state football championships at M&T Bank Stadium
–No. 7 Northwest battles No. 4 Suitland for the 4A crown at 7:30 p.m. Friday
-No. 5 Patuxent takes on Middleton in the 2A championship at 3:30 p.m. Saturday
Virginia region championships
-No. 2 Centreville hosts rival and No. 6 Westfield in the 6A North region title game at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
-In the 5A North region championship at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Champe, No. 3 Briar Woods matches up with North Stafford, which handed the Falcons their lone loss this season.
-In the 3A, surprise semifinalist Loudoun Valley looks to keep its playoff run going when it hosts Northside on Saturday in Purcellville at 2 p.m.
DMVElite Tip-Off Classic at CH Flowers on Saturday and Sunday
The tournament highlights several basketball events this weekend to jumpstart the hoops season. Saturday night includes a contest between No. 17 DeMatha and No. 19 DuVal while Sunday features games with No. 10 Clinton Christian, No. 20 Capitol Christian, No. 12 Theodore Roosevelt and National Christian.Click here for the full schedule.