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.

As good as they’ve been, No. 3 Michigan State has yet to play their best

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Sunday night’s Wooden Legacy title game matchup between No. 3 Michigan State and Providence was billed as a matchup of the nation’s two best players, and rightfully so. Michigan State senior Denzel Valentine (17 points, six rebounds, five assists), who already has two triple-doubles to his credit this season, and Providence redshirt junior Kris Dunn (21 points, five rebounds, seven assists) have more than lived up to the preseason expectations and more of the same was expected in Anaheim.

And while both had their moments, it was Michigan State’s supporting cast that made the difference in their 77-64 victory. The scary thing for future opponents on Michigan State’s schedule is that Tom Izzo’s team is nowhere near being a finished product.

With Valentine dealing with first-half foul trouble Bryn Forbes stepped up, scoring 13 of his 18 points to help the Spartans take a two-point lead into the half. As for the 11-0 run that Michigan State produced to take control of the game late, a host of players stepped forward in regards to scoring, rebounding and defending.

Freshmen Deyonta Davis and Matt McQuaid combined to score nine points over the final 5:32, with transfer guard Eron Harris adding six of his 12 points during that stretch. The Spartans outscored the Friars, who aren’t as deep, 22-7 during that stretch to close out the game, hunting for quality shots and hitting the offensive glass while making things difficult for Providence on the other end of the floor.

The end result was a final margin that does not indicate just how close the game was. While Providence seemed to run out of steam Michigan State received contributions from multiple players, which is undoubtedly a good sign for this group moving forward.

The Spartans will return the currently injured Gavin Schilling later this season, giving them another big man alongside Davis, Matt Costello and Colby Wollenman. He was a player they missed Sunday night, as he can defend opposing big men both in the post and on the perimeter. His absence was a main reason Michigan State didn’t have an answer for Providence’s Ben Bentil (20 points, seven rebounds) defensively.

The key for this group is going to end up being role definition, which is especially true in the case of Harris. A transfer from West Virginia, Harris came to East Lansing with the reputation of being a big time scorer. He’s struggled through the first two weeks of the season, but he got on a roll on Sunday night, finishing with 12 points, three boards and three assists. He showed he’s capable of doing a variety of things on the perimeter, and fitting into a “Swiss army knife” kind of role would make Michigan State that much more dangerous.

There’s no denying that Michigan State has been one of the nation’s best teams thus far.

But there’s also no denying that the Spartans have yet to hit their ceiling, which is definitely a positive moving forward.

Wichita State’s Anton Grady returns home with team

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Wichita State forward Anton Grady was released from a hospital in Orlando on Sunday afternoon in time to return home with his Shocker teammates.

Grady suffered a spinal corn concussion on Friday when he collided head-first with an Alabama defender, snapping his head sharply to the side. He lay on the court motionless for 10 minutes after the injury and was taken off the floor on a stretcher.

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“I want to send out a big thank you to Shocker Nation and all of my friends and family for of the love and encouragement that I have received the past few days,” Grady said in a statement on Sunday morning. “I’ve been reading your tweets and posts and appreciate every last one of them. I have a lot of work to do to get back on the court, but with the help of such a great support system, I’m ready for the challenge.”

By Friday night, Grady had feeling in all of his extremities, but he has a long road of rehab ahead of him.