From many, there will be one. And while there’s still no guarantee contending athletes will win their own state at this point in the season, a number of elite performers are making a case for Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year consideration. Here’s the scoop on the latest top candidates.
Senior guard, Maranatha (Pasadena, Calif.)
Greatness Present: It can’t be a coincidence that wherever Tyler Dorsey goes, a title run seems to follow. Leaving a trail of 40-point efforts in his wake, the 6-foot-5, 175-pound shooting guard has an eye toward reliving history, albeit in slightly different surroundings.
Dorsey put Maranatha on the cusp of a CIF Southern Section Division 4A title this past Friday, notching a game-high 21 points in a 67-55 triumph over Valley Christian in the semifinals. The Minutemen (19-8) now turn their attention to North Hollywood’s Campbell Hall School—a program that produced 2007-08 Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year Jrue Holiday—for a shot at the championship this weekend. This comes nearly a year after Dorsey helped Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco to the Division II state title as a junior last spring before transferring to Maranatha for his senior campaign.
One of the nation’s top recruits entering the season, Dorsey has more than lived up to the hype in 2014-15. He has topped 40 points on 10 occasions this season—including a stretch of eight 40-point outings in 10 games—culminating with a 49-point outburst in a 71-59 win over Las Vegas Centennial at the Pangos Dream Classic in January.
Dorsey is proving to be one of the nation’s most prolific scorers, averaging a gaudy 33.9 points on 55 percent shooting this winter. He has also added 10.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game. Those are satisfying numbers, to be sure, but the prospect of another title would undoubtedly end Dorsey’s prep career on a high note.
Greatness Past: In addition to leading St. John Bosco to a Division II state title as a junior in 2014, Dorsey has been something of a prodigy going back to his earliest years. He was a key contributor on his AAU 9-and-under team that captured the Division I national championship way back in 2004. That team also featured another standout Gatorade alum: Former Long Beach Poly star Roschon Prince, the 2012-13 Gatorade California Boys Basketball Player of the Year.
Greatness Future: Dorsey has verbally committed to Oregon.
Make no mistake: The Gatorade State Boys Basketball Player of the Year races aren’t over, and the National POY race is now heating up. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Check back for daily updates on the top contenders making their case.