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Tyler Quincy Dorsey (Greek: Τάιλερ Κουίνσι Ντόρσεϊ, Tailer Kouinsy Dorsey)[1][2][3] (born February 18, 1996[4]) is a Greek-American professional basketball player for Maccabi Tel Aviv of the Israeli Premier League and the EuroLeague. At a height of 1.96 m (6'5")[5] tall, he plays at the shooting guard position. After graduating from Maranatha High School, in Pasadena, California, he played college basketball for the Oregon Ducks. While at Oregon, he was nicknamed "Mr. March" for his clutch play during the NCAA tournament. He is also a member of the senior Greek national team.

Tyler Dorsey
Tyler Dorsey (Sacramento March Madness).jpg
Dorsey with Oregon in 2017.
No. 11 – Maccabi Tel Aviv
PositionShooting guard
LeagueIsraeli Premier League
EuroLeague
Personal information
Born (1996-02-18) February 18, 1996 (age 23)
Pasadena, California
NationalityAmerican / Greek
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight183 lb (83 kg)
Career information
High schoolMaranatha (Pasadena, California)
CollegeOregon (2015–2017)
NBA draft2017 / Round: 2 / Pick: 41st overall
Selected by the Atlanta Hawks
Playing career2017–present
Career history
20172019Atlanta Hawks
2017–2018Erie BayHawks
2019Memphis Grizzlies
2019Memphis Hustle
2019–presentMaccabi Tel Aviv
Career highlights and awards

High school careerEdit

Dorsey initially attended Ribét Academy in his freshman season. He then transferred to St. John Bosco High School, in Bellflower, California. In his sophomore season, he began to establish himself as a solid scorer, with a 17.0 points-per-game scoring average. He made a big impact afterwards, where, as a junior, he managed to help his team win the state championship, and was the star of the team, averaging 21.4 points per game, 6.0 rebounds, and 4.7 assists per game.

In his senior year, he decided to transfer to Maranatha, due to his desire to return to his hometown of Pasadena. He was a standout player there, where he dazzled with his scoring and athletic abilities. He averaged 34.0 points per game, to go along with 10.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 1.9 steals per game.

Together with his second state championship win, he earned the 2015 Gatorade State Player of the Year for California award. He had many impressive games, like the one where he scored 52 points, in an 85–60 win. He was able to be efficient in every game, shown by the fact that he finished in double figures in scoring all 30 of his games played. Despite being considered the 23rd-best player of his age group, he was not selected to play in the McDonald's All-American Game. He initially committed to play college basketball at the University of Arizona, but he changed his mind, and then committed to Oregon, instead, on February 2, 2015.

College careerEdit

Freshman yearEdit

Dorsey played his first official game as an Oregon Duck, in the season opener against Jackson State, where Oregon won; and he was declared the MVP of the game, after scoring 20 points for his team, in an 80–52 win. Dorsey missed two games in the middle of the season, due to an injury, but he soon came back into form. He scored a career-high 25 points against rivals Oregon State, in a 91–81 win.

The Ducks won the Pac-12 regular season and 2016 Conference Tournament. In the tournament final against the University Of Utah, Dorsey's team, Oregon, dominated, and beat Utah by a score of 88–57. Oregon's 31-point margin of victory was the largest in the Pac-12 Championship game's history. Dorsey had a stellar performance, being the top scorer, with 23 points, and having also grabbed 9 rebounds. He was picked for the All-Tournament Team, and was the tournament's top scorer.

Oregon earned the top seed in the West region, and went as the number one team of their conference into March Madness. After the season, Dorsey was one out of 162 early-entry candidates that initially declared for the 2016 NBA draft.[6] However, he ultimately withdrew before the draft withdrawal deadline.[7]

Sophomore yearEdit

Dorsey helped the Ducks to the finals of the Pac-12 conference tournament, and he was named to the All-Tournament Team. Later, in the NCAA tournament, Dorsey hit numerous shots down the stretch against the University of Rhode Island and the University of Michigan, to lead his team to the Final Four. Oregon was finally defeated by the eventual champions, the North Carolina Tar Heels.

Professional careerEdit

Atlanta Hawks (2017–2019)Edit

Dorsey was selected by the Atlanta Hawks, in the 2nd round of the 2017 NBA draft, with 41st overall pick of the draft. He then signed a 2-year contract with the Hawks.[8] On November 12, 2017, Dorsey was sent by Atlanta to the Erie BayHawks, of the NBA G-League, on assignment.[9]

Memphis Grizzlies (2019)Edit

On February 7, 2019, Dorsey was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Shelvin Mack.[10] He was assigned to the Memphis Hustle on February 8 and made his debut that evening. By the end of the 2018-19 season, Dorsey was regularly playing crunch-time minutes for the Grizzlies.

Maccabi Tel Aviv (2019–present)Edit

On August 17, 2019, Dorsey joined Maccabi Tel Aviv of the Israeli Premier League and the EuroLeague, signing a one-year deal with an option for another one.[11]

National team careerEdit

Greek junior national teamEdit

Dorsey was originally cut from a USA Basketball tryout camp for its Under-18 national team in 2014. The next year, before the 2015 FIBA Under-19 World Cup began, he was invited to Greece's Under-19 national team tryout camp. He turned out to be a vital addition to the team, as he went on to record 15.9 points and 5.0 rebounds per game, and also lead the team in minutes played. The Greek team went 5–2. After winning their first 5 games, they fell to the USA in a tight semifinal, and later lost in the bronze medal game to Turkey. He was voted onto the tournament's All-Tournament Team, despite his team not earning a spot on the medals podium.

Greek senior national teamEdit

On June 6, 2016, Dorsey was named to the senior men's Greek national basketball team's 16-man preliminary training camp roster for the 2016 Turin FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament. He played with the senior team in 3 friendly games, however, he did not make the actual 12-man roster that would compete at the tournament.[12] He played with Greece at the 2019 FIBA World Cup qualification.

Career statisticsEdit

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

NBAEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017–18 Atlanta 56 5 17.4 .377 .362 .714 2.3 1.4 .3 .1 7.2
2018–19 Atlanta 27 0 9.3 .360 .256 .615 1.6 0.6 .3 .0 3.3
2018–19 Memphis 21 11 21.3 .429 .366 .629 3.3 1.9 .3 .0 9.8
Career 104 16 16.1 .389 .366 .669 2.3 1.3 .3 .1 6.7

NBA G LeagueEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017–18 Erie 10 8 33.3 .424 .427 .759 6.5 2.5 1.2 .2 19.1
Career 10 8 33.3 .424 .427 .759 6.5 2.5 1.2 .2 19.1

CollegeEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2015–16 Oregon 36 35 30.1 .441 .406 .712 4.3 2.0 .8 .2 13.4
2016–17 Oregon 39 39 30.0 .467 .423 .755 3.5 1.7 .8 .1 14.6
Career 75 74 30.0 .455 .416 .732 3.9 1.8 .8 .1 14.1

Personal lifeEdit

Dorsey was born to an African-American father and an Greek mother. He acquired dual citizenship (full citizenship with both the United States and Greece) and a Greek passport, due to his mother's Greek background. Dorsey's mother was born to a Greek father, under the Greek surname Konstantinidou.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ TEAM LEADERS Greece Ntorsey, Tailer Kouinsy.
  2. ^ Tailer Kouinsy Ntorsey Nationality: Greece.
  3. ^ GREECE ROSTER Tailer Kouinsy Ntorsey.
  4. ^ BORN 02/18/1996.
  5. ^ Tyler Dorsey 6 ft5 in / 1.96m.
  6. ^ Tyler Dorsey, Dillon Brooks officially declare for NBA Draft.
  7. ^ Dillon Brooks and Tyler Dorsey withdraw from NBA Draft, return to Oregon Ducks.
  8. ^ Hawks Sign Second-Round Pick Tyler Dorsey.
  9. ^ "Hawks' Tyler Dorsey: Assigned to G-League". CBSSports.com. 12 November 2017. Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  10. ^ "Memphis Grizzlies acquire Tyler Dorsey from Atlanta Hawks". NBA.com. February 7, 2019. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
  11. ^ "מכבי החתימה את טיילר דורסי". maccabi.co.il (in Hebrew). August 17, 2019. Retrieved August 17, 2019.
  12. ^ Greek NT squad for OQT is announced.

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