Tyler Dorsey, top ten recruit in 2015, looking to play more point guard

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — As one of the elite players in the 2015 class, California-native Tyler Dorsey had a lot of eyes on him at the NBPA Top 100 Camp. Playing against mostly older competition, the 6-4 shooting guard held his own and took a lot away from the experience of being around some of the best players in the country.

“Right now, this is my first year here and I’m gaining a lot of knowledge and learning a lot of things,” Dorsey told NBC Sports. “This is a great camp; all the best players in the country are here so I just go out and compete.”

Dorsey is currently regarded as Rivals No. 8 player in the 2015 national class and although he’s primarily a shooting guard at the moment, Tyler took the time to learn a bit about the point guard position at NBPA Top 100 Camp.

“I’m transitioning to play point guard, so I’m learning to be more vocal on the court,” Dorsey said. “Andre Miller is one of the coaches on my team so I’ve been working with him.”

A 15-year NBA veteran, Miller has been one of the unintentional stars of the camp as his ability to relate and teach young players has been highlighted by a number of the camp’s players and coaches. Dorsey enjoyed his experience working with a veteran point guard like Miller.

“He’s been teaching me a lot, he’s been in the league 15 years so I’m just gaining all of the knowledge that he’s giving to me,” Dorsey said of working with Miller.

But what Miller — or anyone else — can’t prepare Dorsey for is the recruiting attention he’ll receive as his high school career goes on. Dorsey already lists scholarship offers from some of the best programs in the country.

“I have offers from Louisville, UConn, Florida, USC, UCLA, Arizona and Oregon State,” Dorsey said.

The recruiting process is still early for Dorsey and he’s taking it all in, however, he has a few unofficial visits in mind for the coming months.

“It’s too early to really tell (how recruiting will go), but it’s going to be really picking up with the coaches being able to call me now.” Dorsey said. “I think I’m going to go to Arizona and Arizona State and take two unofficials up there though.”

The unofficial visit to Arizona could prove to be important, as Dorsey said the Wildcats have been on him the hardest.

“I would say Arizona has been recruiting me really hard, they’ve been in contact with my Dad every couple of weeks,” Dorsey said.

But Dorsey is still open in the recruiting process and isn’t enamored with the big-named schools that have shown interest or offered scholarships.

“I just care about how the coach is going to help get me to the next level. I’m not worried about the name of the school,” Dorsey said. ” I’m just trying to get to the next level and you can go anywhere to do that; it’s about the connection with the coach.”

Grand Canyon lands Oregon graduate transfer guard Casey Benson

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Grand Canyon landed an important piece for its NCAA tournament push on Saturday night as Oregon graduate transfer guard Casey Benson pledged to the Antelopes.

The 6-foot-3 Benson will be eligible right away as spent the past three seasons with the Ducks as a key reserve guard, helping Oregon to multiple deep NCAA tournament runs. Benson picked Grand Canyon over Wisconsin for his final season of college basketball as Benson’s brother, T.J., is an assistant coach with the Antelopes.

Benson shot 40 percent from three-point range last season while also being a steady ball handler over the course of his career at Oregon as he has only 81 career turnovers in over 2,600 career minutes with the Ducks. While Benson wasn’t asked to score a lot for a loaded Oregon team that featured multiple bucket-getters, he could be asked to do more at Grand Canyon.

Grand Canyon is eligible for the NCAA tournament for the first time next season as the addition of Benson gives them an experienced guard who should be more of a factor in the WAC. The Antelopes are coming off of a 22-9 season in which they finished 11-3 in conference play.

With great facilities and a quickly-growing fan base, head coach Dan Majerle has the potential makings of a perennial mid-major conference contender if he continues to recruit well to Grand Canyon.

Colorado adds commitment from Class of 2017 point guard McKinley Wright

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Colorado landed one of the best available point guards for next season on Friday as Class of 2017 floor general McKinley Wright committed during an official visit.

A former Dayton commit who opted out of his recruitment after former head coach Archie Miller took the Indiana job, Wright was one of the best available point guards left as he played last weekend on the adidas Gauntlet in front of college coaches with D1 Minnesota.

The 6-foot-0 Wright gives the Buffaloes another ball handler and distributor as he was Minnesota’s Mr. Basketball during this past season. As a senior, Wright averaged 22.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and 7.8 assists per game.

It’s always hard to say if spring recruits who elevate a level in recruiting after decommitting are making the correct decision, but Wright looked the part of a high-major lead guard last weekend, and Colorado wasn’t the only high-major program that was pushing hard to add Wright at this late stage.

Oral Roberts to hire Baylor assistant coach Paul Mills

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Oral Roberts has found its new head coach as they will hire Baylor assistant coach Paul Mills, as first reported by NBCSports.com’s Rob Dauster.

Mills had been on staff with the Bears since 2003 as he’s been a big factor in why head coach Scott Drew has been able to turn around that program. A graduate of Texas A&M, Mills has been a full-time assistant at Baylor since the 2009 season.

“I am honored to accept this role of representing this historic institution, its students and its mission,” Mills said in a release. “Making this commitment today is a highlight of my career and I look forward with excitement to the basketball season directly ahead. Go Golden Eagles.”

Mills will replace former head coach Scott Sutton, who was relieved of his duties this offseason after 18 years at the helm.

 

Iowa commit Connor McCaffery to redshirt in basketball to pursue baseball

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Iowa commit Connor McCaffery is in a unique spot when he starts his freshman year in Iowa City next year.

Not only is the 6-foot-4 guard the son of basketball head coach Fran McCaffery, while being a four-star national basketball prospect, but Connor also has a bright future in baseball.

There was a lot of speculation as to what Connor might do for his future in athletics and he gave more clarification on what he might be looking to do on Friday.

McCaffery has decided to redshirt in basketball next season to focus on the beginnings of his baseball career at Iowa. A walk-on for both sports, the move enables Connor McCaffery to potentially play three years of basketball with his younger brother, Patrick, who is also a heralded basketball recruit for Iowa. This move also gives Connor the best chance to pursue both sports while he’ll also help out a young Iowa basketball team with its tough scholarship scenario.

Butler, Chris Holtmann agree to a contract extension

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Butler has agreed to a contract extension with head coach Chris Holtmann, the school announced on Friday, that will keep him under contract through 2025.

“Butler truly is a special place, and my family and I are thankful to be part of a great academic institution and an athletics department that is a source of pride for those who embrace Butler and The Butler Way,” said Holtmann. “Our student-athletes, our staff, and so many throughout our campus are remarkable at what they do, and I’m excited to continue to work alongside them.”

Holtmann was named Big East Coach of the Year after leading the Bulldogs to a 25-9 record and a spot in the Sweet 16. In three years with the program, Holtmann has a record of 70-31.

“Chris is a tremendous ambassador for Butler and the Butler Way, and his leadership has resulted in success both on and off the court for the talented young men in our program,” said Butler Vice President/Director of Athletics Barry Collier. “This commitment – both by our university and by Chris – allows the momentum within our program to continue.”

Holtmann was in the mix for a couple of jobs this spring, including N.C. State and Missouri.