By Meg Wochnick
From the first day of Donaven Dorsey’s basketball recruiting chronicle that dates back to his early high school years at Timberline, the Washington Huskies sought after the Blazers’ highlight-real guard.
Coach Lorenzo Romar also was visible at many of Timberline’s games last winter, eyeing on arguably one of the state’s must-have recruits for the Class of 2014.
Both were big factors for the-now 6-foot-7 senior-to-be’s commitment to the hometown Huskies.
Late Monday afternoon, Dorsey, a combo guard who has grown into a small forward stature, gave a verbal commitment to play for UW, choosing the program over Washington State, Gonzaga, Oregon State and Portland State.
“It’s a big relief,” said Dorsey, who now stands at 6-foot-7. “I’m very excited to become a Dawg.”
Dorsey is Thurston County’s next big star in boys basketball and should he honor his commitment and sign a letter of intent as early as Nov. 13, the early signing period, he will become the first to sign with a major NCAA Division I men’s basketball program since 2000 when Capital High 7-footer Michael Fey and Olympia’s Kelly Golob each signed with UCLA and Northern Arizona, respectively.
Dorsey also will be Timberline’s first Division I men’s basketball player since former Seattle SuperSonic John Greig played for the Oregon Ducks out of Wenatchee Valley College in the early 1980s.
Dorsey said he also built a “good relationship” with Romar, his future head coach, who, along with other college coaches and scouts, was seen often at Timberline home and road games.