Three-star point guard commits to Minnesota

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On Friday, three-star point guard Jarvis Johnson committed to Minnesota, which doesn’t come as much of a surprise as the Gophers had been considered the heavy favorites for the state’s top prospect in the Class of 2015.

Johnson had four other finalists — Baylor, UNLV, Wichita State and Wisconsin — and even scheduled official visits, according to Ameila Rayno of the Star-Tribune. He used his first official visit this past weekend at Minnesota.

Johnson joins a versatile back court set to join the program next season. Richard Pitino has previously secured commitments from four-star point guard Kevin Dorsey and three-star combo guard Dupree McBrayer. It’ll be an important group, too, as Gophers graduate Andre Hollins and Dre Mathieu — the team’s top two returning scorers — after this season. Each guard brings scoring prowess to the Big Ten program. Dorsey led his Team Takeover in scoring at 12.5 points per game in the Nike EYBL. The 6-foot-4 McBrayer also scored in double figures while shooting 36 percent from three for New Heights in the Under Armour Association.

The 6-foot-1 Johnson posted 6.2 points and 2.0 assists per game for Howard Pulley Panthers, though, his shooting percentages were low.

Last Friday, power forward Jonathan Nwankwo chose the Gophers.

Minnesota gets commitment from four-star 2015 guard Kevin Dorsey

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Minnesota is on the board in the Class of 2015 as a source told that four-star guard Kevin Dorsey committed to head coach Richard Pitino and the Golden Gophers.

The 5-foot-11 Dorsey is considered the No. 84 overall prospect in the 2015 class, according to Rivals, and the native of Virginia is a nice fit for Pitino’s uptempo style.

Dorsey comes from a very successful Paul VI High School basketball program, and playing for Team Takeover in the Nike EYBL, Dorsey played in 16 games and averaged 12.5 points, 2.8 assists and 1.5 steals per game. The guard also shot 51 percent from the field, 73 percent from the free-throw line and 33 percent from the three-point line.

Dorsey was also strong at the Pangos All-American Camp in June and picked Minnesota over a final three that also included Maryland and Nebraska. The guard visited Minnesota’s campus in late June and Richard Pitino was reportedly watching Dorsey play at the Ty Lawson Camp all this week.

Although Dorsey isn’t a true point guard for now, he could eventually turn into a lead guard while also being a good on-the-ball defender. With potential point guards in scarce commodity in the 2015 class, this is a good pickup for Minnesota.