Five-star 2015 guard Tyler Dorsey decommits from Arizona

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There have been rumors for weeks that Arizona and five-star guard commitment Tyler Dorsey would be heading their separate ways, and on Saturday, the class of 2015 6-foot-4 guard released a statement, via email, that he was opening up his recruitment.

“As much as I love the Arizona basketball program as well as the awesome Wildcat fans and highly respect head coach Sean Miller and the entire Arizona staff, I realize that, in hindsight, I rushed my college choice and did not provide myself with the greatest opportunity to explore and thoroughly investigate all possible college options,” Dorsey said in the statement.

Since the commitment of class of 2015 guard Justin Simon to Arizona in May, there have been murmurs that Dorsey would part ways with the Wildcats and both guards played for Arizona head coach Sean Miller this past week at the USA Basketball U18 national team tryouts in Colorado Springs. The rumors about Dorsey leaving Arizona further heightened when the Wildcats offered high-scoring 2015 guard Allonzo Trier a scholarship this spring.

It’s worth noting that Dorsey or Simon missed the first cut of the U18 tryouts, despite Miller being the assistant coach to the team’s head coach, Billy Donovan. Trier, also trying out for the U18 national team in Colorado Springs, did make the cut as one of 15 finalists for the team.

Dorsey committed to Arizona on January 11th of this year and the No. 7 overall player in Rivals.com‘s 2015 national rankings ran with Dream Vision this spring on the adidas Gauntlet. Dorsey averaged 17.4 points and 4.5 rebounds per game in 13 games with Dream Vision this spring while shooting 45 percent from the field and 38 percent from three-point range.

With talented guards being highly in-demand in the 2015 class, Dorsey opening up his recruitment is big news as schools from all over the country will likely inquire about Dorsey and watch him play this July.

PHOTO: Ohio State’s new LeBron James shoe display

during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium on January 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.
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Ohio State has capitalized on its close relationship with NBA superstar LeBron James over the years and now has a new shoe display that should come in handy during recruiting.

The Buckeyes put out a tweet late this week with the display, calling themselves “THE LeBron school.” While this is something small, recruits like that the Buckeyes are tied into the best player in the world and it’s cool to them that Ohio State gets some exclusive gear.

Rutgers hoping new duo can bring a spark

of the Ohio State Buckeyes against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during their Big Ten conference game at Rutgers Athletic Center on February 8, 2015 in Piscataway, New Jersey.
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Rutgers has struggled to achieve success on the floor the last few years and head coach Eddie Jordan is hoping that some talented newcomers can help start a turnaround. With the start of practice, local media saw some of the Scarlet Knights’ early practice and Jerry Carino of the Asbury Park Press noted that the duo of freshman point guard Corey Sanders and junior college forward Deshawn Freeman were getting a lot of burn together.

With both incoming players being four-star prospects, it’s hardly a surprise that Jordan would see what the two were capable of. According to Carino, it meant a lot of Sanders driving and forcing the defense to collapse before finding Freeman.

“It seems like coach always has us on the same team,” Freeman said to Carino. “Ever since we’ve gotten here, he’s trying to get us to play together.”

Carino also notes that since Rutgers is deeper, longer and more athletic in general this season, the team could do more with a pressing defense to help create turnovers.

While Rutgers still faces an uphill climb in the Big Ten, they at least have some exciting pieces that will be in place for a few seasons.